Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday released a new series of coins for the visually impaired.
The coins of denominations Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20 have been designed by the National Institute of Design and have features that help the visually impaired to distinguish them easily.
The PM released the coins at a special ceremony at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, in the presence of visually impaired children who were specially invited.
Expressing happiness in hosting them, the PM thanked the children for giving him an opportunity to interact with them.
The PM said that the Union Government is guided by the vision of reaching the last mile and the last person. He said the new series of coins have been designed and released keeping that vision in mind.
Various new features have been incorporated in the new series of circulation coins to make it more easy for the visually impaired to use them.
During the interaction with the Prime Minister, the children thanked the government for introducing the new series of coins.
The coins are characterized by the increasing size and weight from lower to higher denominations. The newly included coin of Rs 20 will be a 12-sided coin with no serrations. The rest of the denominations would be of round shape.
At the event, the PM underlined the various initiatives taken by the Union Government for the welfare of the Divyang community. He said that the Union Government aims make every initiative Divyang-friendly.
The coins have been minted by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan were also present at the event.