| 21 Jul 2024
145 new FM channels including 112 AIR in hilly and border states over next few years

New Delhi: A total of 112 new FM Transmitters have been approved under 11th and 12th Plans for All India Radio in the hilly and border States of the country.

These include 23 in Arunachal Pradesh, twelve in Assam; eleven in Tripura, nine each in Uttarakhand and Sikkim, eight in Mizoram, five each in Nagaland and Uttar Pradesh, seven in West Bengal, four each in Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Manipur and Rajasthan, two each in Punjab and Jharkhand, and one each in Bihar, Gujarat, and Himachal Pradesh.

In addition to this, 33 private FM Radio channels have been approved in 11 border area cities of Jammu and Kashmir and North East States under the FM Phase III policy notified on 25 July this year, according to Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore.

While AIR’s broadcasts are in accordance with the provisions of the AIR Code, all Private FM radio operators also follow the Programme and Advertisement Code of All India Radio.

Rathore told Parliament that in case of any violation of this code, the matter is placed before the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Programme and Advertising Codes for recommending appropriate penalties.