Bhubaneswar, 3rd August 2017 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): “Community Radio needs volunteers and community participation in order to bring in sustainable practices” opined the participants at the National Level Consultation on ‘Community Radio: Furthering Rights, Justice and Development of Marginalized Communities’ today. The 2-day consultation ended at Prasar Bharati Training Institute, Bhubaneswar organized by Young India supported by ActionAid India and OdishaLIVE as the digital media partner.

State information commissioner Sashiprava Bindhani praised the community radio for spreading vital information to the far flung areas.

Since the community radio is evolved from community hence it has become an effective and empowering tool for addressing the issues of community through advocating for rights of women, and marginalised communities.

“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 Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director, Action Aid India.

Deepak Samantaray, Director, National Academy of Broadcasting and Multimedia, 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 of India participated in the consultation and contributed to the discussion through sharing their experiences, learning, best practices and perspectives that has been developed working with the community. An exhibition of best practices by the community radio centres across India was also opened to the public for dissemination.

Among others Mrinal Chatterjee, Director IIMC, Debabrat Patra, Regional Manager, ActionAid, N A Shah Ansari, President,Young India and Chairperson Radio Namaskar, also graced the discussion

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