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Date: 8 August 2010 15:02
Subject: For creativeradio: Community radio in India (data)
71 community radio stations operational in India
(7 August 2010 6:40 pm)
NEW DELHI: Although letters of intent have been issued to 233
applicants and grant of permission signed with 102, only 71
community radio stations (CRS) are presently functioning in the
This is a marginal increase over the 57 channels functional by
A total of 727 applications have been received by the Information
and Broadcasting Ministry, of which 264 were from educational
A total of 105 applications were rejected while 389 were under
Of the operational channels, 52 are educational institutions, 15 are
non-governmental organizations, three are Krishi Vigyan Kendras, and
one is a State-level Agricultural University.
Tamil Nadu leads the country with 13 CRS, followed by Uttar Pradesh
with 9, Maharashtra with 7, Karnataka with six and Delhi with five.
Sixteen other states have one to four CRS each.
Meanwhile, Ministry sources told indiantelevision.com that there was
no proposal at present to give financial assistance to educational
institutions to set up community radio stations.
Apparently waiting for the Phase III scheme of the government, no
new private FM radio station has been launched and the number of
private FM remains at 248.
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