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Now FM radio to curb Red menace

india Updated: Sep 20, 2007 22:44 IST
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Nitish Kumar government is planning to set up FM radio and local video centres in different parts of the State to curb the Naxal menace.

The government has urged the Centre to simplify licensing procedures for setting up FM radio and video centres and involve the Broadcast Engineering Consultant India Limited (BECIL) in providing technical support to the State in this regard.

Making this demand, the State Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Vivek Kumar Singh said Bihar was contiguous to the international border and many parts of the State were affected with Naxal activities. “It thus becomes imperative to spread awareness about the development activities and policies of the government among the masses. The FM radio and local network television would be useful in spreading such awareness and curbing Naxal activities,” he said.

Singh said the licensing procedures should be made easy and speedy clearance should be granted for setting up FM radio and video centres. He also demanded that DTH should be established and radio and TV sets should be distributed free of cost in the Naxal-affected areas.