In pursuance of the
order of Hon'ble Supreme Court dated 09.12.2016 in the matter of Writ
Petition (Civil) No. 855 of 2016, the Central Government has issued the
guidelines on 21.12.2016 prescribing the modalities for the persons with
disabilities to show respect to the National Anthem.
Persons with locomotor disabilities with lower limbs affected and wheel
chair user who are not capable of standing shall may position
himself/herself to the extent of maximum attentiveness and alertness
with or without the help of appropriate aids and appliances. If the
disability is on crutch, he/she should become stable (non-mobile) to the
of maximum alertness.
Persons with hearing disabilities (deaf or hard of hearing) shall stand
with attentiveness. However there must be appropriate indication on the
screen that the National Anthem is being played or sung as the person
with hearing disability is likely to miss the auditory cues. Suitable
instructions can be given in the form of captioning as well as in sign
language on the screen so that the
persons with hearing impairment are well informed that the National
Anthem is being played.
Persons with blindness and low vision shall stand up in respect of
The Persons with Intellectual Disabilities will have behavioural problem
like flapping of the hands, creaming, shouting, abnormal body movements,
difficulty in performing practical task etc. The public is required to
be sensitised so as to avoid any unwarranted incident against persons
with intellectual disabilities and they are not being harassed.
The escorts of the persons with disabilities should stand-up when
National Anthem in played.