AIR proposes 3bn for border areas' coverage
June 29, 2012
Source: MM Network
All India Radio (AIR) has taken an initiative for adequate coverage in border areas in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern part of the country. The proposed amount for the initiative is Rs. 3 billion, according to a report by indiantelivision.com.
The new step taken by AIR is an addition to the continuing scheme under which Rs 1 billion has been proposed. Both the schemes together will cater to the requirements of J&K and the North East in the 12th Plan.
However, outlay for the 12th plan is yet to be received, say Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources.
Sources also say AIR has deployed stations in 71 tribal areas out of the total 275 radio stations it has in 34 states and union territories as on 31 March this year.
However, the sources admitted that in all 24 radio stations over the country, AIR was giving below optimal performance due to the shortage of staff. Also, AIR's 51 stations had problems of ageing transmitters (38 FM transmitters, 6 Short Wave and 7 Medium Wave). Sanction had been received for replacing a majority of these in the 12th Plan.