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Jaitley to inaugurate 5th Natl Community Radio sammelan

MUMBAI: Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the 5th National Sammelan for Community Radio Stations on 16 March at New Delhi.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore will also be present on the occasion. The Sammelan will bring together community radio operators, policy makers, Ministries/Departments, the UN, other International bodies like UNICEF and UNESCO and other stakeholders for exchange of ideas and cross learning.

The sessions will highlight the vision of the community radio movement in India and its role in setting the agenda on the development discourse at the local level.

The three-day workshop will discuss issues like the role of community radios in good governance, sustainability, content sharing and programming for development.

It will further delve into the role that community radio can play in community learning, promoting livelihoods and agriculture, promoting water conservation and sanitation, strengthening Panchayati Raj institutions, financial inclusion, legal literacy and facilitating access to justice for marginalised communities.

A compendium containing inspiring stories of community radios from all over the country will also be released.

The National Community Radio Awards will also be presented to promote better programming on CR stations and motivate operators to achieve goals of community empowerment.

MIB has been organising the National Community Radio Sammelan every year since 2011. Four National Community Radio Sammelans have also been organised and the ministry has also been organising awareness workshops in various parts of the country to increase awareness about community radio. 63 workshops have been organised so far.

The ministry has so far issued 409 permissions to set up community radio stations in the country. Out of this, 179 stations have become operational while others are in the pipeline.