The central government has decided to encourage local bodies to promote community radio stations and make them an effective tool of communication with the local community.
According to a spokesman, the ministry of urban development has decided to encourage local bodies to promote such radio stations. Every eligible local body would be able to apply to information and broadcasting ministry for a licence to run these radio stations, he added.
He said the community radio stations has the potential to bring a very significant positive social change at the community level by way of carrying programmes of public interest on health, water and sanitation, education and empowerment of women. He further said that it has been decided to permit local bodies to run community radio stations.
The spokesman said the ministry of information and broadcasting has brought out a compendium on community radio stations in India 2012 in association with the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.
He said the compendium would provide comprehensive information on the signature programmes of each community radio station and their hours of broadcast.
It could be used as a resource book for tapping the potential of community radio stations effectively to carry socially relevant messages, he added.
With the help of Punjab government, community radio would be promoted via local bodies and an awareness campaign would be launched to create awareness among the municipal bodies and citizens, he added.