I&B Ministry to establish Community Radio Stations in every district of Country


New Delhi: The 7th National Community Radio Sammelan, being organised by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhawan, New Delhi drew to a close today.

Delivering the Valedictory Address, Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting informed that the Department of Telecommunications has agreed to dedicate two additional frequencies viz. 89.6 and 90.0 MHz for running Community Radio Stations. He also announced that on the lines of recent hike in advertisement rates for print and electronic media, the advertisement rates for Community Radio will be revised by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication within two months.

Khare also announced that a Community Radio Cell will be set up in the Ministry for grievance redressal and collating actionable suggestions received from stakeholders. He added that the Media and Communication Plan of all Ministries of the Government must include Community Radio to leverage their deeper ground level penetration. He also said that the compendium of all the programmes running on Community Radio Stations all across the country released by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on the second day of the Sammelan will be distributed to all District Collectors to sensitise them for utilisation of Communication Radio in their local communication endeavours.

Khare further announced that the National Sammelan would now be held annually, along with Regional Sammelans which be held in different corners of the country. Stating that the Ministry’s aim to set up at least one Community Radio Station in each district, starting with Aspirational Districts, Khare expressed hope of spread of a Community Radio Movement in the country.

Atul Kumar Tiwari, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said that the development of a vibrant culture of Community Radio will help in greater information dissemination at the grassroots level, which will result in further empowerment of people. He summed up the sessions held during the course of the three-day Sammelan and thanked everyone for participating with fervour and infectious enthusiasm.

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