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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

Community Radio for rural Madurai gets the go ahead

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 30 June, (Asiantribune.com): A voluntary group has got the go ahead to set up a community radio in rural Madurai. It will come up at T. Pudupatty in the Thirumangalam Taluk. The Community Radio Station may go on the air in about three months.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the nodal agency has given the permission to People’s Association for Rural Development (PARD) to start the new radio service. The Letter of Intent was issued to PARD on the recommendations of an Inter-Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries.

According to information available here, People’s Association for Rural Development (PARD) was registered as a society on November 28, 1988. Its main objectives are imparting education in environment, sanitation, health, social awareness, and agriculture, cultural development of the villages, and to undertake constructive activities for the welfare of socially and economically backward.

PARD decided to set up a community radio station (CRS) after a survey across 59 villages of Madurai District, Tamil Nadu. More than 83.05 percent of the area does not receive any newspaper. 61% of the respondents told the PARD that radio can help them solve the major problems they are facing. 66.7% radio owners tuned to FM Channels. A radio which employs local language and dialect and content appeared as the felt need of the community.

On its part, the I & B Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Stations as a vehicle for local communities to express themselves, share their views and to empower the women, youth and the marginalized groups to take part in local self-governance.

-Asian Tribune -

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