Source: News Bharati English24 Jan 2017 11:00:45

New Delhi, January 24:  Government announced that community radio stations will not be allowed to air any political programmes. India being an expanse land of diverse cultures ‘community radio’ is been set up to serve the rural community to broadcast the tribal problems and make their voices heard through it.
Community radio will not be able to broadcast any programmes related to news and current affairs which are political in nature. On the other side they can use the content provided by ‘All India Radio’ which will be free of cost. The content related to sports event, traffic and weather, local cultural events, career, employment opportunities will be allowed to air on the community radio stations.

Embeded Object

Following are the clauses in the guidelines for Community Radio given by Information and Broadcasting Ministry:

  • Information pertaining to sporting events excluding live coverage including live commentaries of sporting events of local nature may be permissible.
  • Information pertaining to Traffic and Weather will be allowed.
  • Information pertaining to and coverage of local cultural events, festivals will be permitted.
  • Coverage of topics pertaining to examinations, results, admissions, career counseling, availability of employment opportunities will be allowed.
  • Public announcements pertaining to civic amenities like electricity, water supply, natural calamities, health alerts etc. as provided by the local administration.
  • Such other categories not permitted at present that may subsequently be specifically permitted by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from time to time.
  • Transmission of sponsored programmes shall not be permitted except programmes sponsored by Central or state Governments and other organisations to broadcast public interest information.
  • Limited advertising and announcements maximum of 7 minutes per hour relating to local events, local businesses and services, employment opportunities will be permitted.
  • Grant of Permission Agreement should be extended for a period of five years at a time.
  • In disaster situations, the District Magistrate's permission shall be sufficient to relocate CRS. However, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should be informed of the change of place by both the CRS and District Magistrate.