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UBI inaugurates India's first 'talking' ATM

Union Bank of India became the first bank to make electronic banking easier for the visually impaired with its "talking" ATM.

India's first "talking" Automated Teller Machine has been inaugurated in Ahmedabad.

The ATM by the Union Bank of India is the first of its kind for the visually challenged and 4000th in the countrywide network of the state-run bank.

According to functionaries of the Blind People's Association, the users have to plug-in a headphone into the ATM which has a unique voice interface and once it is done the machine guides them into further operations.

The ATM can also be operated by wheelchair-bound persons as well.

There are about 20,000 blind persons in Ahmedabad and they can use the ATM which can also be used by general public for transaction, the BPA said.

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