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Odisha government may support community radio

Community Radio Stations hold the key to development by bridging the information gap at grass-root level and empowering communities living in rural and outreach Odisha, opined the speakers of the two-day consultation workshop started in Bhubaneswar on May 23, 2015.

The consultation workshop, which followed the inaugural session, brought to fore the unique responses of already operational CRS in Konark and Jagatsinghpur in situations of emergencies during the 2011 floods in Puri district and the Phailin super cyclone of 2013.

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Author: Basudev Mahapatra
Source: HotNHitNews

Why so few community radio stations in India?

“Author Anupam Chakravartty notes with disappointment that India, a huge radio loving country (especially during elections), has only 173 community radio stations, all told. In addition, he complains that universities or schools run most of them. Independent community based organizations only supervise 63, and most of these broadcast to remote rural areas.”

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Author: Matthew Lasar
Source: Radio Survivor 

On wrong wavelength

In 2014, India had just 170 community radio stations as opposed to the earlier plans of setting up 4,000 stations by 2010 (Photographs: Vikas Choudhary)

In 2014, India had just 170 community radio stations as opposed to the earlier plans of setting up 4,000 stations by 2010 (Photographer: Vikas Choudhary)

“The country’s experiment with community radio started after the Supreme Court in 1995 said radio waves belong to the people and that the government is a caretaker. Subsequent to the verdict, civil society pressured the government to grant licences to community radio.

But two decades later, the concept of community radio has not caught on. This despite the fact that almost all the governments at the Centre have promised to strengthen the medium which, they say, is “an integral component of the right to free speech and expression”.”

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Author: Anupam Chakravartty
Source: Down to Earth