Subtitles & Sign Language Translation Now Compulsory
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has now made it compulsory for TV channels to provide accessibility in the form of Subtitles & Sign Language translation.
A present only Doordarshan televises one news per day in Sign Language. There is a severe shortage of accessibility in Television. Now, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on 11th September Wednesday announced accessibility standards that all television channels must provide. As per these rules, TV channels must provide accessibility in the form of Sign Language Translation and Subtitles must be given.
All TV channels have to run at least one show once a week with subtitles. Per day, News Channels have to compulsorily show at least one news bulletin with Sign Language interpretation. The government has made this decision so that TV programmes are accessible to Deaf in India. This has been accepted by many channels. The new accessibility standards will start from 16th September.