In the recent review meeting of the programs & initiatives of the Ministry of I&B held at Ranchi, Jharkhand, I&B minister, M Venkaiah Naidu has confirmed a separate 24×7 DD channel for the state of Jharkhand.

The government has prepared a vision document for a 24×7 DD Jharkhand channel for the people of the state and the proposal includes a 3-year action plan of DD. However, till the launch of 24×7 channel, DD Ranchi programs would be telecast on DD Bihar. Jharkhand-related programs would be provided a special window in already available 24×7 satellite channel – DD Bihar.

Community radio is an empowering tool which caters to the information needs of people in local language/dialect. It broadcasts programs on various local issues relevant to the community. To give a boost to radio outreach, the ministry of I&B has increased the subsidy amount to 75 percent for stakeholders for setting up of CRS in various states. Under FM Phase-III, 16 more private FM channels have been proposed for the state of Jharkhand.

Naidu urged the state government to make use of the platform of community radio to ensure last-mile reach.