NEW DELHI: All India Radio has proposed Rs 3 billion under
a new scheme for adequate coverage in border areas in Jammu
and Kashmir and the North-eastern part of the country.
This is in addition to the continuing scheme under which Rs
1 billion has been proposed. The two schemes together will
take care of the requirements of J&K and the North East
in the 12th Plan.
However, Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources said
the approved outlay for the 12th Plan is yet to be received.
Meanwhile, the sources said AIR has stations in 71 tribal
areas out of the total 275 radio stations in 34 states and
union territories as on 31 March this year.
18 of them are giving below optimal performance because of
either shortage of staff (seven) and ageing transmitters (11).
The sources admitted that in all 24 radio stations over the
country were giving below optimal performance because of shortage
of staff and 51 stations had problems of ageing transmitters
(38 FM transmitters, 6 Short Wave and 7 Medium Wave). Sanction
had been received for replacing a majority of these in the