Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Community Radio Station to Start at Gurgaon, Haryana

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a
Grant of Permission Agreement with The Restoring Force (TRF) a Gurgaon based
voluntary organization. TRF would establish, maintain and operate a
Community Radio Station at Gurgaon, Haryana. Letter of Intent had been
issued to the organization after recommendations of Inter Ministerial
Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The
Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as
per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 55 in the

The Restoring Force (TRF) intends to work all over the country, primarily in
the field of education. The focus of TRF is to provide clean & healthy
environment at schools along with basic facilities to improve the quality of
education by modern means of learning and to grant relief and assistance to
the needy during natural calamities such as famine, earthquake, flood, fire,
persistence, etc and to give donations and other assistance to institutions,
establishment or persons engaged in such relief work.

The Ministry encourages setting up of the Community Radio Stations as it
promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to express
themselves, share their views and particularly empowerment of women, youth
marginalized groups to take part in local self governance and overall socio
economic and cultural development in the area. The CRS programs will be
based on developmental, agricultural, health, educational, environmental,
social welfare, community development issues and other cultural programs.

(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)

Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE
New Delhi, India

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