New Delhi, July 7: Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu announces 2 new Shortwave Solid State digital transmitters of 100 KW to broadcast across the border for Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Minister stated this while chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the media units of Ministry of I&B located in the Union Territories yesterday.
During the review meeting, Naidu announced that the All India Radio would be commissioning of two new Shortwave Solid State digital transmitters of 100 kW power each for dissemination of content across the border for Afghanistan-Pakistan region by the end of August 2017.
Also, the transmitters shall be installed in Delhi. For the Andaman and Nicobar, a new 100 W FM transmitter would be installed in Car Nicobar by the end of the financial year. He also mentioned that to enhance the outreach, the 3KW FM transmitter in Daman would be replaced by 6KW transmitter. Similarly, in Karaikal, Puducherry, the present 6 KW FM transmitter would be replaced by 10 KW FM transmitter to enhance the reach.
Highlighting the importance of communication in local dialects, Naidu urged the UTs to give emphasis to setting up of community radio stations in UTs. He also mentioned the liberalised subsidy of 75% by Central Government for stakeholders in this regard.
Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister has been working proactively with the States and UTs to enhance the cooperation in the field of communication & outreach. Cooperation between Centre and States/UTs in content generation in Indian languages and local dialects was critical to effectively reach out to people in their own language.