Bhubaneswar: The community radio needs volunteers and community participation in order to bring in sustainable practices, opined the speakers at the two-day consultation titled ‘Community Radio: Furthering Rights, Justice and Development of Marginalised Communities’ organised by the Young India in support of ActionAid India and the OdishaLIVE, that concluded here on Thursday.
Information Commissioner Sashiprava Bindhani praised the community radio for spreading vital information to the far flung areas.
“We need to work together to bring community radio to an empowering level and our organisation will always be here to help you out,” said ActionAid India ED Sandeep Chachra.
National Academy of Broadcasting and Multimedia Director Deepak Samantaray said that the communities need to be involved to the fullest and we should create a space of our own to attract the audience to our community radio channels.
41 Community Radio broadcasters from 19 States shared their experiences, learning, best practices and perspectives. An exhibition of best practices by the community radio centres across India was also opened to the public for dissemination.
Among others, IIMC, Dhenkanal Director Mrinal Chatterjee, ActionAid regional manager Debabrat Patra and Young India president NA Shah Ansari graced the occasion.