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Community Radio debuts on Facebook

Community Radio debuts on Facebook
The information and broadcasting ministry on Thursday started a dedicated Facebook page - 'Community Radio India', in an attempt to establish a direct  between the ministry and  stakeholders of Community Radio fraternity in the country. This page can be accessed by clicking on this link

With the issue of community radio's license fee being highlighted in the media, it has become an important issue. The scheme has been identified as a 'core intervention' during the XII Five Year Plan and it is expected that the Plan period would see a quantum jump in the number of Community Radio Stations set up in the country. The ministry asserted that the objective of the page was to 'disseminate community radio information to a wider public and engage with over 134 operating community radio stations of the country and other stakeholders.' This page would be regularly updating the stakeholders on status of licences, screening committee meetings, permission agreements, clearances for new community radio station, consultations and events.

This platform would also enable community radio stations to share information about their radio programmes, upcoming events, success stories, photographs and their challenges.

A statement issued by the I&B ministry said, 'This Facebook page aims to encourage new and aspiring stakeholders of community radio by regularly updating them on CR policy, guidelines and by answering their queries.'
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