Digital Broadcasters Vendor News has been informed that in India the government has laid down the rules for civilian organisations, NGOs, and other non profit organisations to apply for community radio licenses, as announced on November 16.
This means that India is the first country in South Asia to have a separate policy for community radio.
It has taken more than a decade for India's landmark judgment which declared that airwaves a public property by the Supreme Court.
Voices, the grass roots publication, Bangalore says that since then initiatives especially from rural India demonstrated the need for voices of the excluded, to move to the center. November 16th, is not only a historic day for these communities but for all of the country who are committed to media democratisation and the realization of a three tiered media structure- public, private and community; based on principles of equity and inclusiveness.
The icing on the broadcast cake is that advertising will be permitted to finance community radio operations.
The announcement was distributed by the Regional Co-ordination office of AMARC Asia Pacific, Kathmandu, Nepal.