Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar presented National Awards for Community Radio at 7th National Community Radio Sammelan held at B.R.Ambedkar Bhawan, New Delhi.
The awards were given in the five categories: Thematic, Community Engagement, Promoting Local Culture, Most creative/Innovative and Sustainability category.
Prakash ji congratulated all the awardees and commended the stellar role being played by representatives of Community Radio Stations across the country. He highlighted the main aim which is to increase the number of Community Radio Stations from 262 to 500 to further strengthen the Community Radio Movement in India. He mentioned the monthly radio program of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” which has now become Desh Ki Baat and everyone’s Dil Ki Baat.
Shri Amit Khare, The Secretary of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting announced that Ministry’s aim is to set up at least one Community Radio Station in each district to spread Community Radio Movement in the country.
He said that Department of Telecommunications has agreed to dedicate two additional frequencies 89.6 and 90.0 MHz for running Community Radio Stations. As recent hike in advertisement rates for print & electronic media, the advertisement rates for Community Radio will be revised by the Bureau of Outreach & Communication within two months. He also said, Community Radio is a vital link between national thinking process, local issues & challenges.
Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said that the development of a vibrant culture of Community Radio will help in greater information dissemination at the grassroot level, which will result in further empowerment of people.