|DH News Service New Delhi:
Get ready to welcome the friendly neighbourhood radio station that will give voice to you and your concerns. After a long wait, the government on Thursday gave green signal to community radio stations (CRS) by non-profit organisations and educational institutions in a move that could give a platform to the voiceless.
However, the Union Cabinet, while taking the decision in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, barred individuals, political parties and their affiliate organisations, including their students’, women’s, trade unions and such other wings, from setting up CRS.
Also restricted are organisations operating with a motive to earn profit and bodies banned by the Union and state governments.
Giving details of the decision, Information & Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi said a community-based organisation that satisfied a few basic principles would be eligible to set up radio stations.
It should be explicitly constituted as a ‘non-profit’ organisation and shall have a proven record of at least three years of service to the local community.
“It should be designed to serve a specific well-defined local community, it should have an ownership and management structure and is reflective of the community that it seeks to serve, and it must be a legal entity registered under the Registration of Societies Act or any such relevant act. The programmes for broadcast should be relevant to the educational, developmental, social and cultural needs of the community,” Mr Dasmunsi said.
Civil society and voluntary organisations, state agriculture universities (SAUs), Krishi Vigyan Kendras, registered societies, autonomous bodies and public trusts registered under Societies Act or any such relevant act for at least three years will fall under this category.
Educational institutions have also been allowed to set up radio stations, he said.
The Cabinet authorised the I&B Ministry to finalise the terms and conditions and procedures for the purpose.
“A strong and vibrant CRS system will enhance pluralism and sustain diversity of cultures and languages, strengthen decentralisation and participatory governance and enable dialogues within communities, and enable dissemination of information to the rural communities on issues related to agriculture, education, health, social welfare, etc,” he said.
Pasted from Deccan Herald, in the interest of media students.