HP seeks community radio stations for tribal areas

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Shimla, Sep 20 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh has requested the Centre to set up community radio stations in the remote, inaccessible and tribal areas of the state to ensure fast and equitable communication.

Information and Public Relations Director Dinesh Malhotra, while speaking in the Information and Broadcasting Ministers' Conference at New Delhi yesterday said that traditional media like newspapers, magazines, television channels have limited reach for the difficult geographical and topographical parts of the hill-state.

He stressed that as the tribal areas like Pangi, Lahaul Spiti remained cut off from rest of world for six months in a year, the community stations could play pivotal role in emotional unity of the people of state besides information, education and communication in these sensitive border areas.

Mr Malhotra pleaded the Centre to sep up community stations for different communities and regions so as to cater to their local needs in local dialects and native language, which could prove to be much effective than present system of communication.

He, hoever, added that AIR and Doordarshan have wide reach in all parts of the state and were the fastest medium of communication to the Government as well as people of the state.

He demanded that news time of Shimla Doordarshan should be increased from present 15 minutes to 30 minutes daily while the news time of All India Radio Shimla should be extended from present 10 minutes to 15 minutes daily.

He also requested for strengthening of transmission system of All India Radio and Doordarshan Shimla in the state.

Mr Malhotra requested the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to start centrally sponsored schemes in the state and also pleaded for supply of 20,000 DTH receiver sets to the state for setting up in the sensitive border areas so as to ensure maximum reach of official media in these areas.

UNI

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