Community Radio movement to get boost

Written By Unknown on Senin, 11 Februari 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The government in order to give the Community Radio movement a fresh impetus would be providing Rs.100 crores in the XII Plan. During the Plan period, it was proposed to set up 500 new Community Radio Stations (CRS) also.

This was stated by Manish Tewari, Minister for Information & Broadcasting, while delivering the valedictory address at the 3 rdNational Community Radio Sammelan

Tewari further stated that the Ministry had identified key benchmarks for the Plan period whereby a roadmap would be prepared to provide assistance for operating Community Radio Stations. Elaborating on the proposal of the Plan fund, he said Rs.90 crores had been proposed for providing financial support, while Rs.10 crore was being proposed for training, capacity building and awareness activities of Community Radio Stations.

Provisions had also been made for providing grants in this sector, for research and innovations. Taking into account the role and relevance of such interventions, the Minister further added that the Ministry has also made a provision for Emergency Grant for CRS. The Minister further mentioned that in order to encourage the working of such stations, several key proposals and initiatives were being looked into that included Peer Review of Community Radio Stations, capacity building of community Radio operators, Code of Ethics for self-regulation of content by Community Radio Stations.

The minister also elaborated on the efforts being made by the ministry in coordinating relevant issues with the Ministry of Communications and IT with regard to better frequency allocation plan for the CRSs.

He mentioned that it was likely that the Department of Telecom would announce the spectrum waiver decision shortly. The need to facilitate a vibrant business model was in the offing to ensure the sustainability of the movement. Tewari said, the ministry had taken the initiative to promote the streamlining and simplification of Community Radio empanelment through DAVP thereby ensuring that the empanelled stations got a fair share of Government advertisement.

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