The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has introduced a new scheme, the Community Radio Support Scheme, under the 12th Five Year Plan to provide financial support to new and existing community radio stations.
The Community Radio Support Scheme will be primarily for equipment acquisition, with maximum support of 50 per cent of the total estimated expenditure, subject to a ceiling of Rs 7.50 lakh.
In order to shortlist equipment essential for operating a community radio station and to lay down benchmarks for each shortlisted equipment, a technical committee has been constituted in the MIB under the Chairmanship of VK Singla, Former Engineer-in-Chief, All India Radio. The committee consists of members from the WPC Wing, Department of Electronics, operational community radio stations, community radio associations and international organisations.
After detailed discussions and visit to operational stations, the committee has shortlisted equipment essential for operating community radio stations and has laid down benchmarks for each shortlisted item. The committee has also proposed to bring the shortlisted equipment with specifications/ benchmarks in public domain in order to obtain feedback from stakeholders for transparency.
The last date for sending feedback is December 31, 2013.