With an eye to aid the differently-abled, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched a mobile app to identify currency notes. The visually challenged can identify the denomination of a note by using the application, which can also work offline once it is installed, the central bank said. Users can download the app, called ‘MANI’, which is an acronym for Mobile Aided Note Identifier, and will have to scan the notes using the camera, it said adding that the audio output to give out results will be in Hindi and English.
  1. The app, which is available both on Android and iOS operating systems, was launched by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and other officials on 1 January 2020.
  2. The central bank also said the app does not authenticate a note as either genuine or counterfeit.
  3. The Reserve Bank of India released a batch of new currency notes under the latest 'Mahatma Gandhi Series' after demonetization in November 2016.
  4. The new currency notes were launched for different denominations such as Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20 and Rs 10 with significant changes in colour, design and sizes.
  5. It was reported that the visually challenged faced many issues in identifying the new currency notes. The new app aims to remove the barriers for them.