Radio Kadal gives voice to the fisherfolk in Kerala capital | UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS

Radio Kadal gives voice to the fisherfolk in Kerala capital


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As its tagline says, ‘kelkkaam, kaathu niraye kadal chethangal’ (listen to voices from the sea), Radio Kadal, officially launched in August this year, is by, of and for the fishing community in the district.

What are CRS?

Community Radios are small (low power) FM radio stations with a coverage area of around 10-15 Km radius, depending on the geography of the area.

CRS play a significant role in dissemination of agriculture related information, government schemes for people’s welfare, weather forecast etc.

Challenges to the Community Radio:

Lack of journalistic and technical skills and thus a consistent demand for training.

Community Radio derives its strength and popularity from community participation. In practise participation is harder than it seems, because it is labour intensive, requires the right attitude, skills and mobile equipment.

Without proper management skills, as well as some knowledge of financial management and income generation, it is very hard for Community Radio to survive without donor funding.

Community Radio is by definition relatively small and often situated in locations where basic services, like a constant supply of electricity, are lacking. Due to these conditions’ equipment suffers and needs to be vigorously maintained and/or regularly replaced.

Absence of a clear regulatory framework in which Community Radio operates.

Regarding the content, the two important provisions made are as follows:

 

At least 50% of content shall be generated with the participation of the local community, for which the station has been set up.

Programmes should preferably be in the local language and dialect(s).

 


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