Community Radio stations to be set up across Assam

Assam government would set up Community Radio Stations (CRS) across the state with Department of Information and Public Relations (IPRD) being the funding agency of the project.A Memorandum of Understanding was signed here today with the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) which will be the implementing agency of the project.Minister of State (Independent) for Information and Public Relations Basanta Das said on the occasion that the CRS will go a long way in addressing the issues faced by the various communities of the state.“We will also focus on educational programmes and training programmes for the unemployed youth in these localities. Moreover, we will also promote the folk culture of these communities”, he added.Director of Information and Public Relations Ranjit Gogoi said the proposal for the project was reflected in the budget speech of the Finance Minister for the financial year 2011-2012.The government has approved the proposal for implementing the CRS in a phased manner with five districts to be covered in the first phase of which Lakhimpur and Tezpur will be covered in 2013-14, he added. KKHSOU Vice-chancellor Professor Srinath Baruah said the project is an important endeavour taken up by the Government to address community-specific problems.The project will be implemented with the motto ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ and KKHSOU was committed to help the government at each step of this project, he added.