NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has proposed to earmark Rs 1 billion for development of community radio stations in the Twelfth Five Year Plan, of which Rs 900 million will be for grants or aid to help the CRS movement in the country.
Giving this information at the Third Community Radio Sammelan in New Delhi, I&B Minister Manish Tewari said only Rs 100 million had been set aside for capacity building.He also said the proposal was that at least 500 more community radio stations should become operational during the Twelfth Plan.
Meanwhile, he said the Ministry had taken the initiative to promote the streamlining and simplification of Community Radio empanelment through Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity thereby ensuring that the empanelled stations got a fair share of Government advertisements. DAVP had so far allocated around Rs 60 million in commercial advertisements to CRS.
The Minister was speaking at the valedictory function of the Sammelan, at which he also gave away awards in five different categories to different CRS all over the country.