“Community Radio responds to the needs to the community it serves, contributing to its development within progressive perspective in favour of social change. Community radio serves to democratize communication through community participation in different forms in accordance with each specific context.”
– World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMRRC), 1988
We the Brahmaputra Community Radio is
Brahmaputra Community Radio Station, (Radio Brahmaputra 90.4MHZ) is the first grassroots community radio station of North East India situated in the district of Dibrugarh, Assam. It is established to cater the communication need of the marginalized communities: those lives in geographically isolated as well as media dark regions such as islands, tea garden and other remote villages who speaks local languages and dialects which mainstream media does not include as part of their programs.
Radio Brahmaputra is a wing of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research(C-NES), which has been working in the region since 2000 on various issues relating to public health, education, livelihood, sanitation and drinking water, ecology, environment and pollution, gender and human rights as well as energy and governance etc. through innovative application of ideas such as the Boat Clinics in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission, Government of Assam, which has reached over 13,00,000 patients with sustained primary health care services.
- To report, document and broadcast on issues of local concern, ranging from economic and governance to social and cultural issues.
- Create awareness of social challenges, document cultural diversity and social practices, report on the physical environment in which people live (rivers, floods, islands, farms etc.)
- Tap and showcase local talent to the listening public, connecting entertainment, competition and information
- Empowering people by making them better aware of the World around them and the issues which affect them directly and indirectly.
- Enabling their concerns to be shared over air, bringing it to the notice of Government/Administration.
- Providing Government with information and opportunities to address these challenges and democratic manner.
Our vision is to build a network of communities who will report, inform and broadcast in their local languages/dialects using different medium of community media including community radio platform for their own development process in a sustainable manner. Through this effort, BCRS will feed into a process of integrated planning and development based on substantive local information in the districts-reflecting the real meaning of ‘inclusive’ growth.
We are lying in between Dibrugarh & Dhemaji District on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Dibrugarh is home to sprawling tea gardens; both districts have a significant stretch of Brahmaputra River, with island villages as well as a range of ethnic groups, cultures and languages among Upper Assam Districts. This economic and cultural diversity and presence of vulnerable communities including tea garden villages & riverine communities made Dibrugarh and Dhemaji an important from the point of socio-economic development and dissemination of information to those who need to be involved in the ‘development’ process. It was felt that by creating a platform to enable communities to exchange ideas and thoughts, Radio Brahmaputra could minimize the existing sense of isolation and involve in participatory communication.
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Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS)
Centre for North-East Studies & Policy Research (C-NES)
Maijan Borsaikia Gaon. P.O. Hiloidhari
Dibrugarh, 786002, Assam
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