Indian Railways to undertake changes in nomenclature; Divyang to replace ‘viklang’

national transporter has decided to make changes in this regard

Indian Railways to undertake changes in nomenclature; Divyang to replace ‘viklang’

Indian Railways has decided to incorporate the change suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that to address persons with disabilities as ‘divyang’ (divine bodies).

The national transporter has decided to make changes in this regard in the concession certificates issued to such people.

The national transporter would undertake to change the nomenclature from “viklang” to “divyang” in the concession forms.

According to an order by the railway ministry, the word ‘blind’ be replaced with persons with visual impairment with total absence of sight, ‘deaf and dumb’ be replaced with persons with hearing and speech impairment, and ‘physically-challenged’ as persons with disabilities (divyangjan).

The order will come into being from February 1.

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