Multiple Indian languages on electronic products

The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has approved guidelines issued by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) about the display of text in 22 Indian languages on certain electronic devices from 1 July this year.

The Indian Cellular Association had requested that the new standards could be mandated along with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) notification that compels device makers to include global positioning system (GPS) from January 1, 2018. The industry has asked for lead time of min.9 months in order to incorporate changes in their global supply chain, and also that existing models of mobile phones may be exempted or given a timeline of 18 months to phase out the existing models. MeitY believes that the increase of costs to consumers will be only about 10%.

The rationale is to help the spreading of digital literacy, and also, to accelerate the process of making India “a truly empowered society”.

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