Chandigarh, June 5 (YP Bureau)
The Union Government has decided to encourage local bodies to promote Community Radio Stations to make them an effective tool of communications with the local community.
According to a spokesman the Union Ministry of Urban Development has decided to encourage local bodies to promote such radio stations and every eligible local body can apply for license to Information and Broadcasting Ministry to run these Radio Stations.
The Spokesman said that the community radio stations have potential to bring a very significant positive social change at the community level by way of carrying programmes of public interest including programmes on health, water and sanitation, education, empowerment of women issues etc. and it has been decided to permit local bodies to run community radio stations.
He said that 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 that the compendium would provide comprehensive information about the signature programmes of each community Radio station, their hours of broadcast and how they engage fruitfully with their community. He said that it could be used as a resource book for tapping the potential of community radio stations effectively to carry socially relevant messages.
He said that with the help of Punjab Government community radio would be promoted via Local bodies. He said that an awareness campaign would be launched to create awareness among the Municipal Bodies and citizens as they have the potential to bring a very significant positive social change at the community level by creating programmes of public interest including programmes on health, water and sanitation, education, empowerment and women issues.