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Govt to introduce online system for community radio licenses

Govt to introduce online system for community radio licenses
Speaking at the the '5th National Community Radio Sammelan', Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said, "It is an idea that should expand because as a platform of communication, community radio forms a part of tripartite stakeholder partnership--- the broadcaster, the person disseminating the information and the listener who is keen for information, knowledge and dissemination of facts," he said.

"And there can't be a better idea than community radio for full and effective implementation of that," the Union Minister said, batting strongly for the new medium.

Jaitley said that Community Radio as a medium of communication constituted an integral component of the right to free speech and expression. This medium of information dissemination formed a part of the “Airwaves”, the monopoly of which did not lie with state but with the people or the community.

Airwaves constituted public property, the myth of state monopoly on the issue had been removed. As a platform of communication, community radio formed a part of the tripartite stakeholder partnership i.e. the broadcaster, the person disseminating the information and the listener who was keen for information, knowledge and dissemination of facts.

Elaborating further, he said that Radio acted as an instrument for dissemination in the past, and would also do so in the future, in which community radio would play a critical role for the expansion of radio content. Community Radio as a concept was vibrant as it facilitated the expansion of an idea – a concept that discussed a range of issues including culture, languages, practices, etc. Regarding the deliberations of the three day Sammelan, Jaitley said that the Sammelan would provide a roadmap to the ministry to fine tune the roadmap for policy interventions in the future.

The minister further stated that the Government was committed to ensure that the sector was expanded and strengthened to achieve the goals of inclusive growth through social change. The Sammelan also offered an opportunity to highlight the relevance and importance of flagship schemes through the medium to the people and audience who in turn could benefit by such interventions.

Sessions on Agriculture and Community Radio, Role of the Medium in promoting Water and Sanitation with emphasis on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the relevance of the medium in the context of Jan Dhan Yojana were innovations adopted for the Conference. A compendium on ‘Community Radio for Good Governance’ was released on the occasion by Jaitley and MoS (I&B) Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.


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