Indian Government is planning to set around 5000 community radio stations in next two years. Indian Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has organised a national seminar on community radio in collaboration with the United Nations at Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi, India.
While inaugurating the seminar, Secretary, S. K. Arora told that government is planning to set up around 4000 to 5000 community radio stations in the country. The main aim of the seminar is to raise awareness about the processes involved in community radio (CR) licensing in India and display different community radio models in South Asia. These models will community radio operators in India to understand different aspects from other’s experience. Community radio will fill the gap of mass media. NGOs will produce community-based programmes, which would be aired by community radio stations. UNESCO is training 150 personnel for Radio Banasthali in Rajasthan. United Nations is supporting to set up community radio in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.