The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been instructed by the government to take the required steps for making the banking system, especially the automated teller machine (ATMs) accessible to all the people including the blind and visually impaired individuals.
As per a government official, the effort is targeted at providing the facility of banking transactions easily to thousands of visually impaired Pakistanis. This measure would help them to take control of their money transactions independently.
Asad Umar—the Finance Minister has told the State Bank of Pakistan to instruct commercial banks about making their respective banking facilities such that they may be accessible by all people including the ones who have disabilities.
This measure was taken following a letter written by Suleman Arshad—the Vice President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) division to the Minister for Human Rights—Dr Shireen Mazari about the difficulties being faced by the PWDs while they make use of ATMs.
The letter was then forwarded to the finance minister by the human rights minister. The finance minister, in turn, asked the State Bank of Pakistan to take the needed measures for making sure that accessible banking facilities are provided for all the visually impaired persons.
This again is a good step taken by the government. Keeping the difficulties visually impaired individuals face while making money transactions and then taking a measure to assist them in doing smooth transactions is an applaudable gesture of the new government. This would for sure be benefiting the visually impaired people.