The Union Government has expanded a new policy to speed up the spread of FM Radio in the country.
Presently, the government has granted permission for operationalisation of 266 channels including the 21 operationalised under the old (1999) scheme and out of this, a total of 116 channels are currently in operation. It is expected that the rest of them would be operational by the end of the current financial year. Recently, the government has invited bids for allotment of 97 channels in 48 cities and also has plans for further expansion of the private FM radio stations in future. So far, the government has received 95 applications under the new guidelines and permission has been granted to five organizations.