3rd National Community Radio (CR) Sammelan

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
08-February, 2013
3rd National Community Radio Sammelan Opens Tomorrow

Three Day Sammelan to Celebrate a Decade of Community Radio in India 

The 3rd National Community Radio (CR) Sammelan is being organised at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, from 9-11 February 2013. This Sammelan is significant as it also celebrates the first decade of the CR Policy in India, which was announced in 2002. 

The Conference will bring together Community Radio Operators, Policy makers, Community Radio enthusiasts, Government Ministries/Departments, the UN and International organisations like UNICEF, UNESCO, Ford Foundation etc. The 1st CR Sammelan was organised in February 2011 and the 2nd in February 2012. An exhibition is being organised on the sidelines of the Sammelan to showcase work being done by various organisations and new entrants in the Community Radio Sector. 

On this occasion, the National Community Radio Awards would also be presented to the winners. Several important issues like resources for Community Radio, sustainability, content sharing and programming for development etc., would be discussed in the three-day workshop. On this occasion a Community Radio Compendium will also be released, containing inspiring stories from all over the country. The Sammelan is being organised by the Ministry in association with OneWorld Foundation India. 

The Community Radio space has witnessed remarkable growth in the past few years due to several initiatives taken by the Ministry which has streamlined the approval process for setting up Community Radio Stations. Applicants can now apply online and track the status of their pending application through a Comprehensive Community Radio Management Information System. A Facilitation Centre has also been set up, with a Toll Free number (1800-11-6422) for providing information. The Ministry has also been organising intensive awareness workshops in various parts of the country to increase awareness about Community Radio. Thirty-seven workshops have already been organised so far. This year alone, nine workshops are being held at Dibrugarh (Assam), Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Mt. Abu (Rajasthan), Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu), Goa (Union Territory), Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), Darjeeling (West Bengal), Orcha (Madhya Pradesh) and Vishakapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) At present, the Ministry has issued 418 permissions. 144 Community Radio Stations are presently operating in the country, remaining are in the pipeline. 

Efforts have also been taken by the Ministry to enable Community Radio Stations to sustain themselves. The Ministry has empanelled 35 Community Radios with the Department of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP) to provide them with Government advertisements. The advertising rate has been enhanced from Rs 1 to Rs 4 per second for Community Radio stations. The Ministry also plans to introduce a scheme for providing financial assistance to Community Radio Stations in the 12th Plan. Once approved, the scheme would help to set up 100 new Community Radio Stations every year. Thus 500 or more new Community Radios would come up in the 12th Plan period. 

Source: PIB

Folllow me onTwitter          Follow me on  Facebook

Post a Comment

Previous Post Next Post