Breakthrough for community radio in Bangladesh

Bazlur Rahman, the Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC) reports that the Ministry of Information, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh has approved 12 Community Radio Initiators for the installation and operation of community radio in Bangladesh for the first time. The measure is meant to ensure free flow of information and people’s right to information government, in response to the Right to Information Act 2009. “Community radio approval is a strong step to the empower of people in this regards,” he writes in an email. “The main objective of community radio is to provide livelihood related information to the rural communities in an understandable way. Agriculture, education, health,
disaster, women and child issues, market price, services, etc. will be cover in
the community radio for the community people.”

Initially the government has approved 11 Initiators, including Young Power in Social Action(YPSA) – Sitakunda, Chittagong, Nalta Community Hospital– Satkhira, The Landless Distressed Rehabilitation Organization- Bogra, BRAC– Moulivi Bazer, Barandro Community-Naogaon, Proyas-Chapai Nababgonj, CCD- Rajshahi, Srizoni– Jhinaidhah, EC Bangladesh- Munsihigonj, Mass-line Media Centre– Barguna and Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service Kurigram.
One government organization to install and operate Rural Radio in Amtali under Barguna district, a rural community radio will be established by Agriculture Information Service of the Agriculture Department of Ministry of