Ambika Soni to inaugurate ‘National Community Radio Sammelan’

April 6th, 2011 - 10:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni will on Thursday inaugurate the first ‘National Community Radio Sammelan’ to outline roadmap for community radio stations in India.

The three-day sammelan will bring together 107 functional community radio stations from across the country, policy makers from various government departments like health, rural development, information technology, science and technology, agriculture, panchayati raj and CAPART.

Several UN, national and other international organizations like UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, One World Asia, AMARC and Community Radio Forum are also participating in the Sammelan.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is mandated to permit eligible organizations to run Community Radio Stations as per the Policy Guidelines of 2006.

Community Radio is an extraordinary and invisible medium to give voice to the voiceless. It provides an opportunity to the community to speak about issues concerning their lives.

It can also facilitate development by disseminating information regarding rural development, agriculture, health, nutrition, education and Panchayati Raj issues enabling social change through communication.

In the three days deliberations, discussions would be held on issues concerning policy changes in the existing community radio guidelines, quality of content being broadcast from the community radio stations, strategies to engage community in programme production, funding and sustainability, encouraging and popularizing local cultural talent

A Poster Exhibition has also been organized on the sidelines of the Sammelan. (ANI)

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