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Saturday, 25 January 2020 13:32

I&B Ministry directed channels to carry sign language interpretation of R-Day ceremony

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Taking an inclusive step, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had issued an advisory to all the channels asking them to carry sign language interpretation of Republic Day ceremony.

All the channels were allowed to carry the feed from DD Bharati/ DD News of the president of India's speech and Republic Day-parade with commentary free of cost. Doordarshan had indicated that DD Bharati carried sign language interpretation of the President's Address to the nation on its channel from 7 pm to 7.30 pm on 25 January 2020. DD News too carried sign language interpretation of the commentary on its channel from 9 am to 11 am (or till the end).

The advisory from the ministry said, "The media has always been in the forefront of taking up important issues concerning national integration, progress of disadvantaged sections of the society, etc. Therefore, the feed of DD News/DD Bharati is being made available free of cost. All TV channels interested in carrying the live telecast of the speech of the president of India and Republic Day-parade with commentary, may carry the signals of DD Bharati/DD News with sign language  interpretation and English/Hindi closed captions for the benefit of differently-abled people and make the event accessible to them."   

The ministry had received requests to carry the telecast with sign language interpretation and English/Hindi closed captions to help people connect meaningfully with this important National day. 

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