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Subject: [cr-india] "Local bodies to run community radio stations"
From: "sajan venniyoor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, June 11, 2012 2:02 am
To: "CR India" <email@example.com>
Just what we always wanted -- local government bodies to run community
radio. I'm a bit confused as to who has "decided to permit local bodies to
run community radio stations" and why the Ministry of Urban Development
should be encouraging local bodies to apply for CR licences, but there it
On the one hand, Municipal Corporations like the ones in
applied for CR licences with a singular lack of success, but on the other,
the Madhya Pradesh government -- through its
government-run-non-governmental-organization, Vanya -- has managed to
corner ten, possibly eleven, community radio licences. 'Eligibility' is the
watch-word and that's apparently a flexible concept in govt circles.
*Local bodies to run community radio
UNI, Chandigarh, June 06, 2012
The central government has decided to encourage local bodies to promote
community radio stations and make them an effective tool of communication
with the local community. According to a spokesman, the ministry of urban
development has decided to encourage local bodies to promote such radio
stations. Every eligible local body would be able to apply to information
and broadcasting ministry for a licence to run these radio stations, he
He said the community radio stations has the potential to bring a very
significant positive social change at the community level by way of
carrying programmes of public interest on health, water and sanitation,
education and empowerment of women. He further said that it has been
decided to permit local bodies to run community radio stations.
The spokesman said the ministry of information and broadcasting has brought
out a compendium on community radio stations in India 2012 in association
with the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. He said the
compendium would provide comprehensive information on the signature
programmes of each community radio station and their hours of broadcast.
It could be used as a resource book for tapping the potential of community
radio stations effectively to carry socially relevant messages, he added.
With the help of Punjab government, community radio would be promoted via
local bodies and an awareness campaign would be launched to create
awareness among the municipal bodies and citizens, he added.
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