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Avtar Radio

741 Views | September 16, 2018

Avtar Radio 90.4 Fm

Voice of Nature

In order to spread the environmental message to the remote and backward areas of the central part of Punjab (India), Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal has established Avtar Community Radio (FM 90.4) on the premises of Sant Avtar Singh Memorial College Seechewal (Distt. Jalandhar), Punjab, India. The first community radio established in the rural area by and for the rural people, Avtar Radio is being run not by professional radio journalists or technicians but by the students of Sant Avtar Singh Memorial College Seechewal. Dedicated to environment, education and health, this community radio was formally inaugurated on  by Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar Transport Minister of Punjab and prominent religious personalities in the presence of a large number of journalists and people from the whole of area. Avtar Community Radio is playing important role in spreading environmental awareness, moral along with technical education, message of eradication of social evils and superstitions, communal harmony and women's empowerment.

1.  The students of Sant Avtar Singh Memorial College who are doing voluntary work on the staff of Community Radio visit villages of the area to interview the people to know their environmental as well as social problems. Then, the public authorities are invited for radio talk and those problems are brought to their notice. Thus they are made answerable directly to the people. As a result of the efforts of Avtar Community Radio, the process of social justice has become faster.

2. During elections, political differences give rise to tensions among the local people. Avtar Radio constantly broadcasts message of peaceful coexistence. As a result of these attempts of the radio such tensions are disappearing and in many surrounding villages the elections to local bodies (Panchayats) are based on unanimity and mutual consent.  

3. Programs to promote women's education, health care, sports, and moral values are being broadcast on priority basis.

4. Environmental activities in the whole area are given special coverage.

5. Reports of deteriorating environmental condition and its possible solutions are also broadcast regularly.

6. Religious and morally constructive songs are presented to counter the vulgar and obscene culture.