In a significant move towards expanding India’s radio network, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi recently commissioned 91 new 100-watt FM transmitters, increasing the coverage of All India Radio (AIR) to 73.5% of the population. This article discusses the benefits of this expansion, the emotional connection with radio and the future vision for AIR.
PM Modi Expands AIR Coverage: 91 New FM Transmitters Commissioned
PM Modi commissioned 91 new Low Power FM Transmitters with a capacity of 100 watts each at various locations across India. Installed in 84 districts of 20 states, these transmitters have increased the All India Radio (AIR) network from 524 to 615, boosting coverage to 73.5% of the country’s population.
Priority was given to Left Wing Extremism affected areas, Aspirational Districts and border regions for transmitter installation. The government has also approved the installation of 63 more FM transmitters to meet the growing demand for FM radio service in India, fueled by clear sound quality and widespread availability of FM receiver-equipped mobile phones.
AIR: India’s Largest FM Network
In his address, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the significance of expanding the AIR network, remarking that the 91 new FM transmitters will benefit 85 districts and 2 crore people with additional reach in 35,000 sq km. He also highlighted the government’s commitment to democratizing technology, ensuring modern technology is accessible and affordable for all Indians.
As an example, the Prime Minister mentioned the optical fiber connectivity to villages and low-cost data services, which have promoted digital entrepreneurship in rural areas. Additionally, the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has enabled small businesses and street vendors to access banking services more easily.
PM’s Emotional Connect with Radio: Mann Ki Baat
The Prime Minister, who will soon host the 100th episode of his radio show Mann Ki Baat, shared his emotional connection with radio, stating that the medium has allowed him to remain linked to the strength of the country and the collective power of duty among its citizens. He cited the role of the program in people’s movements like Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Har Ghar Tiranga.
Benefits of New FM Transmitters
The inauguration of the 91 FM transmitters is expected to benefit underprivileged individuals who have previously lacked access to this facility. The Prime Minister listed several advantages, including the timely relaying of important information, community building, agricultural updates, assistance for women self-help groups and support during natural calamities. He also mentioned the infotainment value of FM radio.
Emphasizing the importance of linguistic diversity, the Prime Minister informed that FM transmissions will occur in all languages, particularly in regions with 27 dialects. He highlighted the government’s focus on promoting social connectivity alongside physical connectivity.
Envisioning the Future of All India Radio
In conclusion, the Prime Minister underlined the vision and mission of communication channels like AIR to connect the country and its 140 crore citizens. He expressed confidence that all stakeholders would continue to move forward with this vision, thereby strengthening the nation through continuous dialogue.
Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur, also addressed the gathering via video conference from Leh. He credited PM Modi for the radio connectivity expansion in India and acknowledged his Mann Ki Baat program’s contribution in promoting the importance of radio.
As India continues to enhance its FM connectivity, the government remains committed to democratizing technology and promoting social connectivity. The addition of these new transmitters will ensure more people can access vital information, entertainment, and cultural content, ultimately strengthening the nation through continuous dialogue.