Tuesday, 13 December 2011

[creative-radio] A new radio station – Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS), on the banks of the Brahmaputra

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From: sajan venniyoor <venniyoor@gmail.com>
Date: 12 December 2011 22:46
Subject: [cr-india] Community Radio Station by C-NES at Dibrugarh, Assam
To: CR India <cr-india@sarai.net>

*Community Radio Station by C-NES at Dibrugarh*
*8 Dec, The Assam Tribune
GUWAHATI, Dec 8 – A new radio station – Brahmaputra Community Radio Station
(BCRS), on the banks of the Brahmaputra - is being set up by the Centre for
North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) in collaboration with
UNICEF, Assam at Maijan ghat, Dibrugarh. It is part of an effort to
democratise mass media, with reporters and writers from communities of the
area. Community radio across the world is popularly defined as a "radio for
the people, of the people and by the people".

A BCRS stakeholders' meeting was organised on November 30 at the BSRS
office, Dibrugarh. The meeting which was originally planned to
mark inauguration of BCRS and its introduction to scholars, intelligentsia,
professionals, business sector, media and government circles of Dibrugarh
was quickly converted into a moving memorial meeting and stakeholders
discussion, to remember the brilliant contributions of cultural genius and
icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika and writer-thinker Jyanpith awardee Dr Indira
Goswami, popularly known as Mamoni Raisom, who had expired only the
previous day, attended by Unicef Chief Field Office, Assam, Jeroo Master,
eminent writer- columnist Sanjoy Hazarika, the Managing Trustee of C-NES,
academics, members from the local community and BCRS management committee

By the banks of the river, the hall of the CRS at Maijan Ghat reverberated
to the beat of Dr Bhupen Hazarika's immortal 'Sagor Songomot' sung by a
local talented group after Meena Teli, President Zila Parishad ,Sanjoy
Hazarika, Jeroo Master, prominent local entrepreneur Ratan Saikia lighted
lamps and all stood in silent prayer to honour the great figures of Assam.

The radio station will benefit the communities of the river islands as well
as the tea tribe communities inhabiting the river banks and will function
as extended arms of dissemination of national flagship programmes such as
NRHM, Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan and Total Sanitation campaign. The local
communities would be involved in reporting on issues like education,
health, culture, sports and entertainment and other issues ofinterest to
them, reflecting the lives of those it reaches. The station will reach out
to over 2 lakh people within a 15-20 km radius and will be broadcasting in
five languages- Assamese, Bhojpuri, Bodo, Mising and Shadri (tea tribe
dialect). There are 15 young radioreporters recruited from these five
communities and a network of 150 volunteers spread across islands, tea
gardens and urban areas.

"This is the first such radio station where programmes will be broadcast in
five languages. The reporters have been shaping extremely well- an
amazingly talented group, they are good singers, have sharp responses and
are energetic and positive," said BCRS programme coordinator, Bhaskar Jyoti
Bhuyan The station will be launched as full broadcast service sometime in
latter half of 2012. Right now they are doing 'narrow casting', gathering
programme feedback from the community listeners.

C-NES, which was established in 2000, works on a range of issues at both
field and policy levels relating to health education and other areas of
governance. These include participative planning and rights, water
resources, environment, rural livelihoods, peace building and building
better understanding among communities. The organization designs and
develops innovative ideas for implementation to reach the poor and
marginalised groups specifically in areas of health, education, energy and
environment, conducts workshops and training programmes, reviews government
policies and projects. C-NES believes that both at grassroot and policy
making levels, individuals and communities can make a difference if they
develop a stake in their own governance and the communityradio station is
expected to be a significant milestone in that direction, an e-mail
received here stated.

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