Community radios operating in different states & UTs of the country will meet From 2nd to 3rd August 2017 at Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha to keep account of the community radio experiences in India, including its strong prospective for bringing social change through reducing the vulnerabilities of people building resilient community.
Community radio has been one of the very effective medium of reaching out to the most marginalized communities whose voice has not been heard. The role of community radio has been very significant in bringing change through connecting people with information on their rights and entitlements. Also it is one of the effective means of making the voice of the community heard and collectivizing people around the issue that affect most.
Since the community radio is evolved from community hence it has become an effective and empowering tool for addressing the issues of community through advocating for rights of Women, Minorities & Dalit communities, building the community resilient to disaster, grounding of secular values of the constitutions and building strong understanding between the people in conflicts and mobilizing solidarity support of different social groups, and CSOs for ensuring social justice to the vulnerable communities said N. A. Shah Ansari, eminent community media specialist & President of the organizing organization Young India .
As of now, 201 Community Radio Stations have become operational in the country, out of which 76 are operated by NGOs, 110 by the Educational Institutions and 15 by SAU/ KVKs.
About 100 community radio broadcasters from 22 states & UTs of India viz; Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhatishgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnatak, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal etc will join this consultation and contribute to the discussion through sharing their experiences, learning, best practices and perspectives that has been developed working with the community. Reputed development organization Young India in association with ActionAid organizing this consultation.
There will be exhibitions of best practices by Community Radios from different states of India. This exhibition will be opened to the public for dissemination. Besides that a document will be developed to capture the best practices including views & suggestions from the community, CRs as well as CSOs. These best practices will encourage other Community radios & community media practitioners to strategize their action, BN Durga Social Anthropologist added.
This national consultation aims to bring together the community radios working across the country and create platform to share and exchange their ideas, views, experience and best practices related to their work with the most marginalized communities. It will also facilitates community radios to consolidate their work & experience towards ensuring rights, entitlements and justice to the most marginalized communities spoke Debabrata Patra , Regional Manager of ActionAid, the organizing organization.