Facebook page to connect community radio stations

New Delhi: The information and
broadcasting ministry has launched a dedicated Facebook page for
community radio stakeholders in the country to connect with them and
answer their queries relating to government policies as well as provide
them a platform to share information about their programmes.

Facebook page ‘Community Radio India’ can be accessed at
www.facebook.com/communityradioindia. It will help the 134 operating
community radio stations and various stakeholders in the country to
connect, a government release said Thursday.

The Facebook page
aims to “disseminate community radio information to a wider public and
engage with over 134 operating community radio stations of the country
and other stakeholders”.

It will update stakeholders on the
status of licences, screening committee meetings, permission agreements,
clearances for new community radio station, consultations and events.
This platform would also enable community radio stations to share
information about their radio programmes, upcoming events, success
stories, photographs and their challenges, the statement said.

move to get connected through the popular social networking site also
aims to encourage new and aspiring stakeholders by regularly updating
them on community radio policy, guidelines and answer their queries.

information shared through ‘Wall’ posts will not only be helpful for
them but would also inform individuals interested in community radio,”
the statement said.

“The Facebook page on community radio not
only portrays the vibrant history of community radio movement in the
country using ‘Timeline’ feature but also hosts key documents related to
policies. The page also carries frequently asked questions (FAQs),
relevant documents and photo albums of key events.”

The Wall page
would facilitate discussions between the stakeholders “while enabling a
participatory communication channel on issues pertaining to community
radio stations”.

The community radio scheme has been identified
as one for “core intervention” during the 12th Five Year Plan. It is
expected that the Plan period would see a quantum jump in the number of
community radio stations set up in the country, the release said.

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