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Government Implements RPwD Act 2016 to Establish Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Ensures Accessibility Guidelines Across Multiple Sectors for Persons with Disabilities

Posted On: 16 MAY 2023 6:26PM by PIB Delhi

Under the provision of section 40 of RPwD Act 2016, the Central Government in consultation with the Chief Commissioner formulate rules for persons with disabilities laying down the standards of accessibility for the physical environment, transportation, information and communication, including appropriate technologies and systems and other facilities and services provided to the public in urban and rural areas. Under this provision, 20 ministries are involved in making Accessibility guidelines/standards for their respective sector. The formulations of these guidelines/standards are regularly monitored by the DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Regular review meetings are taken up at various levels and  Minister Social Justice and Empowerment review the progress recently.

The detailed status of these guidelines is as follows:

Standards/Guidelines notified in RPwD Rules under Rule 15


Accessibility for the ICT products and services


Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standard for Barrier Free Built Environment 2016,


Standard for Bus Body Code for Transportation system,

Guidelines under Draft notification in RPwD Rules and inviting public and other stakeholder comments


Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for universal accessibility in India 2021 by 31.05.2023


Accessibility Standards and Guidelines for Civil Aviation by 10.06.2023


Accessibility standards and guidelines for the Culture sector (monuments/sites/museums/libraries by 10.06.2023


Accessible Sport complex and residential facilities for sports person with disabilities by 10.06.2023

Guidelines notified in Gazette of India by concerned Ministries/Departments


Accessibility standards for health care

Guidelines awaited for notification in Gazette of India by concerned Ministry/Department


Guidelines on accessibility of Indian Railways stations and facilities at stations for differently abled persons and passengers with reduced mobility


Accessibility Guidelines and Standards for Higher Education Institutions and Universities


Accessibility Guidelines for Bus Terminals and Bus Stops


Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation


Guidelines at various stages in the concerned Departments


Ministry of Home Affairs


Ministry of Rural Development


Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways


Ministry of Tourism


Department of Financial Service


Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


Department of School Education and Literacy


All the information is regarding the harmonized guidelines is available in the website of DEPwD department (



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