New Delhi, Nov 7 (UNI) The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided that the provisions of the new policy guidelines issued last year will be applicable to the existing Community Radio stations/operators too.
Community Radio operators wishing to migrate to the new policy guidelines will be required to sign a revised Grant of Permission Agreement(GOPA) with the Ministry.
As per the new guidelines, the permission will be for a period of five years instead of three years allowed under the old policy.
In addition, limited advertising and announcements relating to local events, local businesses and services and employment opportunities shall be allowed.
The maximum duration of such limited advertising will be to five minutes per hour of broadcast.
The Government had in December 2006, liberalised the Policy on Community Radio by bringing in 'Non-profit' organisations like civil society and voluntary organisations, State Agriculture Universities (SAUs), ICAR institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras under its ambit in addition to educational institutions with a view to allowing greater participation by civil society on issues of development and social change.