SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh’s first wireless Community Radio was today launched in Solan, district. Chief Secretary of government of Himachal Pradesh Asha Swaroop inaugurated the community radio at M.S. Panwar Institute of Communication and Management (MSPICM), Solan. The radio MSPICM 90.4 FM community radio would cater to the area within 10 kilometers radius from the main station that has been installed at the institute.
“Main Solan ke listeners ka abhinandan karti hoon (I welcome listeners of Solan)”, were the first words of Asha Swaroop, to be aired from the community radio. The radio would focus on the developmental aspects of the local area.
This community radio service is the first to be launched in the state and the forty third in the country. There are over100 applications pending for sanction of community radio across the country, including the proposal of Dr. Y.S. Parmar Horticulture University Nauni, Solan.
In her address Swaroop said, “Each of the 12 districts of Himachal should have at least one community radio to act as an interactive media for the population of specific areas in communicating and getting solutions to their problems”.
Later, Vice Chancellor of the Horticulture University Dr. Jagmohan said that Himachal has the capacity to accommodate over 100 community radio looking at its applicability in Agriculture and Horticulture that are the largest sector of the state’s economy.
Director Commonwealth Media Centre for Asia Dr. R. Sreedhar said that community radio has the capability to give solutions to local developmental issues of an area and build community participation in development. He appreciated the endeavour of the M.S. Panwar Institute for coming forward in adopting this mode of communication that is expected to have far reaching effects in the field of development communication.
The MSPICM is hosting the two day 7th Regional Consultation for the Community Radio enthusiasts of the North West Zone, covering the states of Himachal Pradesh Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh,begining March 13.