The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has agreed to allocate two additional frequencies – 89.6 and 90.0 MHz for running community radio stations.
The 7th National Community Radio Sammelan, being organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhawan, New Delhi drew to a close today.
Delivering the Valedictory Address at 7th National Community Radio Sammelan, Amit Khare, secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said, “The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has agreed to dedicate two additional frequencies viz. 89.6 and 90.0 MHz for running Community Radio Stations.”
Amit Khare also announced that a Community Radio Cell will be set up in the ministry for grievance redressal and collating actionable suggestions received from stakeholders.
He added that the media and communication plan of all ministries of the government must include community radio to leverage their deeper ground level penetration.
Khare further announced that the ministry’s aim is to set up at least one community radio station in each district, starting with aspirational districts.
Atul Kumar Tiwari, additional secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said, “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.”