I&B ministry announces slew of initiatives for community radio stations

MUMBAI: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) secretary Amit Khare has 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 the 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.

Shri 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 Shri Prakash Javadekar on the second day of the Sammelan will be distributed to all District Collectors to sensitize them for utilization of Communication Radio in their local communication endeavours.

He was delivering the Valedictory Address at the 7th National Community Radio Sammelan, being organised by MIB at Dr BR Ambedkar Bhawan, New Delhi drew to a close on Thursday.

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.

MIB Additional Secretary Atul Kumar Tiwari 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 days Sammelan and thanked everyone for participating with fervour and infectious enthusiasm.

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