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Community Radio is an important third tier in Radio Broadcasting, distinct from Public Service Radio broadcasting and Commercial Radio. Community Radio Stations (CRSs) are low power Radio Stations, which are meant to be set-up and operated by local communities. In December 2002, the Government of India approved a policy for the grant of license, for setting up of Community Radio Stations, to well established educational institutions. The Policy Guidelines were amended, in 2006, permitting community-based organizations such as ICAR institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Registered Societies; Public charitable Trusts etc. to own and operate Community Radio Stations, for allowing greater participation on issues relating to development & social change.

The Community Radio provides a platform to communities to air local voices on issues concerning Health, Nutrition, Education, Agriculture etc. Since the Community Radio broadcast is in local languages and dialects, people are able to relate to it instantly. Community Radio also has the potential to strengthen people’s participation in development programmes through its holistic approach. In a country like India, where every state has its own language and distinctive cultural identity, CRSs are also a repository of local folk music and cultural heritage. Many CRSs record and preserve local songs for posterity and give local artists a platform to showcase their talent to the community. The unique position of CRS is an instrument of positive social change, which makes it an ideal tool for community empowerment.

In respect of Community Radio Sector, the Ministry of Information grants permission to eligible organization for setting up of Community Radios. Further, all the related activities for strengthening of the sector are carried out by the Ministry. The eligible organizations can apply through Broadcast Seva Portal – www.new.broadcastseva.gov.in .

S.No. Title Details Date
1 Revised Policy Guidelines for setting up Community Radio Stations in India - 13.02.2024 Download (810.35 KB) pdf 13/02/2024
2 List of Commissioned Community Radio Stations in India having Valid GOPA as on 01.02.2024 Download (515.43 KB) pdf 02/02/2024
3 List of Operational Community Radio Stations In India as on 08.01.2024 Download (733.44 KB) pdf 08/01/2024
4 Notice for fresh CRS Applications that received frequency spot not available (FSNA) comments in past. Download (156.1 KB) pdf 01/12/2023
5 Revision in the Guidelines for Empanelment of Community Radio Stations (CRS) with CBC - Change in rate of advertisement Download (2.02 MB) pdf 30/11/2023
7 Process for DL - WOL migration on Saral Sanchar Portal in respect of Community Radio Stations Download (3.31 MB) pdf 25/07/2023
8 General instructions for CRS applicants (Bilingual) Download (524.48 KB) pdf 23/08/2023
9 Advisory to Community Radio Stations for timely GOPA renewal Download (396.98 KB) pdf 07/07/2023
10 Advisory to all Community Radio Stations and LOI Holders Download (360.95 KB) pdf 21/07/2023
11 Community Radio Compendium 2023 Link 25/09/2023
12 Advisory to all CRS opeartors to add Community Radio in the name of their Community Radio Stations Download (103.24 KB) pdf 04/09/2023
13 Advisory to all CRS permission holders to fill proforma, if having issues reagarding DL/WOL migration and revalidation Download (104.96 KB) pdf 04/09/2023
14 Lead Community Radio Stations, their role and responsibilities Download (1.31 MB) pdf 02/02/2022
15 Order for all Community Radio Stations regarding renewal of GOPA Download (1.48 MB) pdf 26/11/2020
16 Order for Operational Community Radio Stations regarding GOPA renewal Download (1.64 MB) PDF 01/10/2020
17 Format for Self Declaration and for furnishing details of applicant organization and its governing body members (MHA format) Download (78.23 KB) pdf 30/09/2020
18 Guidelines for providing grants to Community Radio Stations Download (1.73 MB) pdf 17/08/2018
19 Revised Format for GOPA Renewal Download (213.71 KB) pdf 28/09/2018
20 Revised format for fresh GOPA Download (213.56 KB) pdf 28/09/2018
21 Launching of various WPC License Modules on Saral Sanchar portal of DoT Download (5.23 MB) pdf 30/07/2020
22 Claim Form for Financial Assistance for Purchased Equipment (CRS) Download (488.2 KB) pdf 21/09/2020
23 Guidelines for implementation of scheme 'Supporting Community Radio Movement in India' Download (654.59 KB) pdf 30/11/2021
24 Administrative Approval for continuation of scheme 'Supporting Community Radio Movement in India' Download (764.99 KB) pdf 30/11/2021
25 Guidelines for empanelment of CRS with BOC and for sponsored programmes on Community Radio Download (804.76 KB) pdf 07/02/2022
26 Beneficiary Details for the purpose of Bank Guarantee for Community Radio Stations Download (418.33 KB) pdf 07/03/2022
27 Administrative approval for continuation of scheme Download (429.78 KB) pdf 17/08/2018
28 Application Form For Financial Assitance for Newly Operational CRS-Annexure-I Download (127.92 KB) pdf 24/11/2022
29 Application Form For Financial Assistance for Existing Stations-Annexure-II Download (123.78 KB) pdf 24/11/2022
30 Fresh Security clearance before renewal of Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) for next 5 years to establish maintain and operate Community Radio Station - regarding Download (701.17 KB) pdf 08/06/2016
31 Guidelines for Empanelment Download (1.73 MB) pdf 14/09/2018
32 Consolidated Policy Guidelines for setting up Community Radio Stations in India Download (519.94 KB) pdf 17/11/2022
33 Advisory for Community Radio operators/applicants for migration of D/L and WOL on Saral Sanchar portal Download (2.07 MB) pdf 18/08/2022
34 Policy Guidelines Amendment for setting up community Radio dated on 03-08-2022 Download (1.01 MB) pdf 03/08/2022
35 Launch of Data Migration Modules by WPC Wing on Saralsanchar Portal Download (3.31 MB) pdf 25/05/2022
36 Instructions for payment on SaralSanchar Portal regarding various Licences/Approvals Download (909.72 KB) pdf 29/04/2022
37 Notice for Community Radio applicants regarding FSNA Download (3.69 MB) pdf 26/04/2022
38 Advisory for submission of Community Radio Applications Download (242.6 KB) pdf 04/04/2022
39 Bank Guarantee Proforma for Community Radio Station Download (26.72 KB) pdf 08/06/2016
40 Survey Questionnaire Download (81.45 KB) pdf 08/06/2016