To mark the International Day of People with Disability, the Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE) on Monday released a book Taking Stock’ in Braille script by Samik Bhaduri.

The book is about capital markets and aims at creating investor awareness.

“People who live with disabilities often face barriers in participating in the capital market. In order to achieve complete development [of the stock markets], the removal of barriers is necessary,” Mr. Bhaduri, a senior executive with CSE told The Hindu.

“The book ‘Taking Stock’ is in Braille and will help disabled people to know about the stock market. It also explains how the stock market benefits people,” said Mr. Bhaduri.

“Over 15 million people are blind in India, they hardly know anything about the stock exchange, so as part of an initiative by CSE the book was published for visually challenged persons in a language they understand. Everyone has the right to be informed about subjects related to finance. This will enable persons with disabilities to overcome all barriers and make them independent in their financial decision,” Mr. Bhaduri said.

According to a press release by the CSE about one billion people, or approximately around 10 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.

“We will print about 1,000 copies of the book within the next three months and will send them to all major libraries, schools and colleges,” said Mr. Bhaduri.

“The Regional Braille Press of Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boy’s Academy has embossed the first edition of the book and will print more copies in the coming months,” Mr. Bhaduri added.