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MIB asks news channels to carry sign language feed for Republic Day

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to news channels asking them to carry the signals of those Doordarshan channels that provide sign language interpretation of the Republic Day parade commentary.

The ministry said that DD News, DD Bharati and DD Urdu would provide the sign language interpretation of the Republic Day Parade commentary in order to ensure access to people with hearing impairment.

The ministry also said that the advisory has been issued to ensure that no hearing impaired citizen of the country is deprived of the opportunity of watching the Republic Day Parade.

Prasar Bharati had earlier been directed to make provisions for having an inset box on the TV screens during the telecast of the Republic Day ceremony, through which the sign language anchor could interpret the proceedings of the Republic Day parade.

It has been the practice by DD to allow private satellite TV channels to carry the feed of the Republic Day parade and commentary free of cost. As per the practice, this year also DD would be sharing its feed of the Republic Day Parade with those satellite TV channels that wish to telecast the same.

Information & Broadcasting minister Manish Tewari had recently received a representation from the National Association of the Deaf requesting provision of a sign language interpreter in an inset box on TV screens during the live coverage of the Republic Day Parade.