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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Parliamentary Committee worried by slow pace of community radio growth



A Parliamentary Committee has expressed ‘concern’ that the information and broadcasting ministry was able to spend only Rs 1.90 crore for expanding and helping the community radio movement against an allocation of Rs 6.3 crore made in Budget Estimates (BE) for the year 2015-16. This amount was reduced to Rs 2.7 crore at the Revised Estimates (RE) stage.
The Standing Committee for Information Technology, which examines issues relating to I and B, noted that during 2015-16, the amount of Rs 75 lakh allocated to the North-East region was kept idle as no operational station or Letter of Intent holder from the North-East Region applied for financial assistance.
The ministry informed the Committee which comprises members of both Houses of Parliament, that grants to some Community Radio Stations which had submitted claim forms could not be released in the year 2015-16 due to shortfall of funds. Radioandmusic.com had reported in March that the ministry intends to -take the growth of community radio seriously henceforth.......

Source ,credit and read more at http://www.radioandmusic.com/biz/radio/community-radio/160509-parliamentary-committee-worried-slow-pace#

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