Shaktikanta Das, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday launched a mobile app called ‘MANI‘ (Mobile Aided Note Identifier) to help visually-impaired people to identify the denomination of currency notes. The app will help the visually challenged to identify the denomination of a note and once installed can be used offline, said the central bank.
The application will scan the currency using the camera of the mobile phone and can be easily downloaded from Android Playstore or iOS App Store. Moreover, the app also gives audio output in Hindi and English. The central bank has also introduced several currency notes, under the ‘Mahatma Gandhi Series’ with significant changes in the sizes and designs after the demonetization in November 2016.
RBI Governor @DasShaktikanta today launched a mobile application MANI (Mobile Aided Note Identifier) to aid visually impaired persons in identifying denomination of currency notes. The app can be freely downloaded from Android Play Store and iOS App Store
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Banknotes of ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹200, ₹500 and ₹2,000 have been released under the new series in the past couple of years. Also, there were several reports of problems faced by visually-challenged people in identifying these new currency notes. Moreover, the RBI also said the app does not authenticate a note as either genuine or counterfeit.