Hyderabad (Telangana): Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in association with Community Radio Association (CRA) organized a three day Community Radio Awareness Workshop at Telangana state capital Hyderabad. Mr. Amit Dwivedy, the Assistant Project Director of union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Prof. (Dr) Vinod Paverala, the Chair Of UNECSO chair for Community Media, Salil Kader, the Advisor of Cultural Affairs from the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad, Mr. N.A. Shah Ansari, the President of CRA graced the occasion. Mr. Abdul Samad from Radio Charminar, Zahed Farooqui from Deccan Radio and Fr. Bijo Thomas from CR Mattoli (Kerala) and the Representatives Of 40 NGOs from across the country were also a part of the same.
In the workshop, the enthusiastic academicians, NGOs, Institutes from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were given insight to Community Radio. All the delegates were given a walk through of the community radio, its policy guidelines and provisions, technical requirements, and understanding of communities and listeners for the purpose of engaging them with the radio. The main objective of the workshop was to provide detailed information on all aspects of applying for a community radio license as well as setting up a radio station.
Officials from MIB, experts from operational radio stations provided special insights into policy, guidelines, the day-to-day operations and challenges and shared their gratifying experiences of engaging with this people’s medium. MIB officials provided deep insights about the CR policy, application process. CR sustainability options and Govt. schemes were also discussed. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Vinod Paverala told that “Community radio was a horizontal communication where people talking to each other, people can produce programme and raise their issues to attract the possible solutions and it will give insight to the policy makers to think for the problems of the people.” Amit Dwivedi informed that “The ministry was working to increase the number of CR stations in the country through organizing CR awareness workshops in different parts of the country.