9 June :Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Wayanad Social Service Society, Mananthvady, Kerala.
The Community Radio Service in Mananthvady is named as ‘Community Radio Mattoli’ and the process of establishing the service has already been set in motion. Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement.
The Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Stations that aim at the socio economic empowerment of tribals, women, small / marginal farmers in the area of operation through participatory / sustainable development means, and to promote self reliance through empowerment of the target group. Its mission is organizing / empowering the target groups consisting of small / marginal farmers, women, tribals and children for a participatory development process aimed at sustainable as well as integral development.
Wayanad Social Service Society was established in 1974, to conduct, manage promote, maintain, equip, administer and coordinate Social Welfare Centre, Social Training Centres, Technical Schools, Social Institutes, Dispensaries, Hospitals, Clubs, Recreational centers, Reading Rooms, to give practical and technical Knowledge to the people and to conduct cooperative societies, Marketing organizations, Housing Projects, Plantation, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Development and training projects, and other activities conducive to the realization of the objects.