Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu,
Minister for Information & Broadcasting, today chaired the meeting of
Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss the roadmap for
developing Community Radio in the country. Minister of State for I&B
Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present in the meeting.
In his opening remarks, Shri Naidu apprised the Members of the Committee
about the various steps and initiatives being taken by the Ministry to
promote community radio movement in the country. He mentioned that
Ministry has recently enhanced the subsidy amount for setting up of
Community Radio Stations from 50 % to 90% in the North Eastern States &
75% in other States, subject to a maximum limit of Rs. 7.5 lakhs with a
view to promote community radio tool as an effective medium of
Explaining the significance of Community Radio as a communication
medium, Shri Naidu said that it was a useful tool to cater to the
information needs of the people in local language/dialect. CR Stations
broadcast programmes on various issues which were of immediate relevance
to the community and facilitate development by disseminating information
regarding education, rural development, agriculture, health, nutrition
environmental, social welfare, Panchayati Raj issues and cultural needs.
Community Radios (CR) have potential to bring a very significant
positive social change at the community level. It also works as a
powerful means for rural empowerment, upliftment of dalits and women.
Shri Naidu wished the esteemed Members of the Parliament on the happy
occasion of Ugadi. He added that Ugadi heralds the arrival of spring and
warmer weather signifies the start of a new year in many parts of South
India. The joyous festival signifies growth and prosperity and as with
all New Year festivals, it provides an opportunity to start new
ventures. He also explained the significance of Ugadi Pachhadi, a
combination of six different tastes (shat ruchi) consisting of sweet,
sour, spicy or pungent, salty, astringent and bitter symbolized various
emotions of happiness, disgust, anger, fear, surprise and sadness.
Members of the Committee while appreciating the efforts of the Ministry
in developing community radio provided valuable suggestions in enhancing
the reach and generating awareness about this medium of communication.
They also mentioned the need to fast track and streamline the the
clearances process for setting up of CRS in the country.
A presentation was made by Additional Secretary on behalf of the
Ministry giving an overview of the Community Radio sector in the
country. Members of the committee were apprised about the achievements
and initiatives of Ministry in facilitating the growth of Community
Radio in the country.
Parliamentarians Shri Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Shri Vivek Gupta, Smt. Dev
(Moon Moon Sen) Varma, Shri Harivansh, Shri Madhusudan Mistry, Shri
Prabhat Jha and Shri Neeraj Shekhar attended the meeting. Secretary I&B,
Shri Ajay Mittal and senior officers of the Ministry were also present
on the occasion.