Indian civil society representing the blind, the disabled and the public interest petition the Indian Government on the TVI

At least sixteen non-governmental organizations from India representing the blind, the visual impaired, the disabled and the public interest sent a petition to India’s Registrar of Copyrights on November 3, 2008 expressing their support for the World Blind Union proposal for a WIPO Treaty for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons. Here is the letter below in full.

Mr. G. R. Raghavender

Registrar of Copyrights and Deputy Secretary
(Book Promotion and Copy Rights)

Department of Higher Education

B2/W3, Curzon Road Barracks
Kasturiba Gandhi Marg,
New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,
Re: letter of support for the proposed Treaty for the blind and visually impaired submitted by the World Blind Union.

The world over, there is an urgent need to address the problem of the blind, visually impaired and print disabled with regard to access and participation on line. Please find below a list of organisations and individuals who strongly support and endorse the proposed WIPO Treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons put forward by the World Blind Union (WBU) and the Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) earlier this month.

Thanking you,

yours faithfully,
Nirmita Narasimhan

Programme Manager
(Centre for Internet and Society)

Endorsements of organizations

Xavier Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC- Mumbai)- on behalf of Publication Access Co-ordination Committee ( a consortium of 15-20 organisations such as the Helen Keller institute, NAB etc)- Dr. Sam Tarapurwala
Vidyavriksha (Chennai)- N.Krishnaswamy
Barrier Break Technologies (Mumbai)- Shilpi Kapoor
National Association for the Blind (Delhi)- Dipendra Manocha
Saksham (New Delhi)- Dipendra Manocha
National Federation for the Blind (Delhi)- S.K.Rungta
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled (Bangalore)- Mahantesh
Mitrajyoti (Bangalore)- Madhu Singhal
Accessability (New Delhi)- Vikas Sharma
Score Foundation (New Delhi)- George Abraham
Alternative Law Forum (Bangalore)- Lawrence Liang
Acrodelon Technologies Pvt Ltd(Chennai)- Rahul Cherian
Enable India- Shanthi Raghavan
College Students and Graduates Association of the Blind(Chennai)- Ponmudi
Indian Association for the Blind(Chennai)- S.M.A. Jinnah
Centre for Internet and Society (CIS- Bangalore)- Nirmita Narasimhan