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DTH News : Govt mulls seed money for community radio stations
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The Government may introduce a new scheme in the Twelfth Plan to offer some financial support to the community radio movement to make it an effective out reach tool.

If sustainability of the community radio movement suffered due to lack of funding, the Ministry could consider introducing a new scheme to at least provide some quantum of the initial non-recurring cost as “seed money”, said Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Mr Raghu Menon, on Monday.

Informed debate

He was speaking at the inaugural of a three-day national consultation on community radio services. The purpose of the consultation was to bring about an informed debate about the policy and administrative changes that were necessary to overcome the challenges being faced by community radio stations, such as cumbersome licensing procedures, dearth of funds, spectrum constraints and the lack of technical and professional training.

There are some 103 community radio stations operating in the country as of November, of which, 71 are run by educational institutes, 24 by community-based organisations and 8 by Krishi Vigyan Kendra and State Agriculture Institutions.

The Ministry has issued some 263 letters of intent and granted permission to 121 stations.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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