Omar launches FM Channel-2 of Radio Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Giving full credit to Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar for braving challenging circumstances and keeping the duo broadcasting and telecasting stations functional during bad times, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today said that the staff and officers had to pay heavy price for the same.
Speaking at a function after he launched 10 MW FM Channel-2 of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar here this morning, the Chief Minister referred to the difficulties faced by the two stations to run their programmes and kept people abreast with the facts during the militancy.
“You became the voice of people and worked for showing light to them in dark days”, he said and mentioned the stupendous work rendered by Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan for restoration of normalcy and peace.
Describing launch of FM Channel-2, yet another step of Radio Kashmir to enhance its reach and provide good entertainment to the people, the Chief Minister said “there is greater potential for encouraging private FM stations in the State.” He expressed the hope that Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan would focus on producing more informative, educative and attractive programmes for the general public benefit. He mentioned Shahrbeen programme of Radio Kashmir and appreciated its production.
Omar Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir is abode of different cultures and languages, as such, Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan has to reach to every area and formulate programmes in different languages.
The Chief Minister said that the reach of Radio Kashmir is quite enormous. “I have been told that people across the border also like listening programmes of Radio Kashmir which is of significant importance. You can touch the hearts of people across the border by providing balanced and fact full programmes to them”, he maintained.
In his speech, Parliament Member and President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz highlighted the role of Radio Kashmir in reaching out people across the State through various programmes of greater informative, educative and news value. He said Radio Kashmir has gained huge popularity and is heard across the State interestingly by the people.
Speaking on the occasion Secretary, Prasar Bharti, Uday Verma said that four new FM stations at Kargil, Drass, Tsuru and Padam have been completed. He requested the Chief Minister to also announce their distant inauguration from here which the Chief Minister accepted and announced these stations opened.
The Secretary said that 10 to 15 new FM stations are being set up in Jammu and Kashmir in near future, adding that Prasar Bharti has a programme of setting up 839 new FM stations in private sector in 290 cities of the Country and Jammu and Kashmir is getting priority in this programme. He said the license fee for the private parties intending to launch FM stations in the State would be half as compared to the private persons in rest of the country. He said the rental fee for the private parties of Jammu and Kashmir will also be half as compared to others.
Legislator, Jahangir Mir, CEO Prasar Bharti, Jawahir Sarkar, Director General Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan, Director General All India Radio, L. D. Mandloi, All India Youth Congress President, Rajiv Sadhav, officers and staff of Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan were present on the occasion among others.


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