The Information & Broadcasting ministry has started a Facebook page, ‘Community Radio India’ to disseminate community radio information to a wider public and engage with over 134 operating community radio stations of the country and other stakeholders.
The page will update the stakeholders on status of licences, screening committee meetings, permission agreements, clearances for new community radio station, consultations and events. This platform would also enable community radio stations to share information about their radio programmes, upcoming events, success stories, photographs and their challenges.
‘Community Radio India’ page also aims to encourage new and aspiring stakeholders of community radio by regularly updating them on CR policy, guidelines and by answering their queries. The information shared through ‘Wall’ posts will not only be helpful for them but would also inform individuals interested in community radio.
Also, the page uses Facebook pages timeline feature to demonstrate the vibrant history of community radio movement in the country. Important to note that community radio scheme has been identified as a core intervention during the XII Five Year Plan and it is expected that the plan period would see a quantum jump in the number of Community Radio Stations set up in the country.
Question to ponder : With loads of government sites being hacked in India, does it make sense for government to have official presence in Facebook (as pages/groups)?