The Indian Ministry for Information & Broadcasting has approved the applications of seven NGOs to set up community radio systems across the country.
The 7 NGOs who received the approval are The Energy Research Institute of India (TERI), Chennai-based Alternative for India Development, Delhi-based Society for Development Alternatives, Deccan Development Society in Hyderabad, Mannvikas Samajik Sansthan based in Satara in Maharashtra, Indian Society of Agri-Business Professionals and the Mysore Resettlement and Development Agency in Bangalore. This movement will allow NGOs to set up community radio stations in India. Now, there are some 27 community radio stations in the country. The Ministry plans to push up the figure and is organising workshops in different parts of the country to explain how the system is set up.