SBP makes mandatory for banks to construct ramps for disable persons

SBP makes mandatory for banks to construct ramps for disable persons

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday made it mandatory for all banks to construct ramps at their branches for persons with disabilities.

The SBP said it had decided to make it mandatory for all banks/ MFBs/ DFIs to construct ramps at all newly opened and existing place of business (excluding Mobile Banking Units) to make it accessible for persons with disabilities and wheelchair users.

For the purpose, a 2-year time-bound action plan to construct ramps at your all-existing places of business shall be submitted to SBP by December 31, 2020.

In addition, a senior level management committee of the respective banks, MFBs and DFIs shall be constituted who will be responsible for monitoring the overall progress on the action plan.

Further, the quarterly implementation report should be submitted within 15 days after the end of each quarter.

The SBP further said that instructions issued vide CPD Circular No. 06 of 2014 requiring banks/MFBs to provide visually impaired/blind persons with equitable access to banking and financial services, the banks have also been advised to submit the compliance status by December 31, 2020.

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