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Voluntary groups explore Community Radio of India

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Recently, Indian Government has opened up non-commercial community radio broadcasting, now voluntary groups are exploring models to use the power of communication for community development.

 

Recently, the Indian Government has opened campus radio broadcasting and given red signal to universities and institutions of higher learning in different parts of the country. Now, it is turn of developmental organizations to enter in this space. Currently there are four-community radios in initiatives in India: 'Chala Ho Gaon Mein in Palamau' (Jharkhand), 'Kunjal Panchhi Kutch Ji in Kutch' (Gujarat), 'Namma Dhwani' (Budikote, Karnataka) and 'Deccan Development Society' initiative (Pastapur, Andhra Pradesh). These communities produce radio programmes and distribute through cable TV networks (cable cast), share programmes through cassettes (narrow cast) buy time from local radio stations of government-funded All India Radio (AIR). The two community groups in Uttaranchal, named 'Heval Vaani' in Chamba and 'Mandakini ki Awaaz' in Bhanaj has been producing and disseminating local content through narrow casting and cable casting and through satellite.

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