In a move that will enhance the radio connectivity in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (28 April) inaugurated 91 new 100W FM Transmitters via video conferencing.
The 91 new 100 W FM transmitters have been installed in 85 districts across 18 states and 2 Union Territories.
A special focus of this expansion has been on enhancing coverage in Aspirational Districts and in border areas, according to a PMO release.
The states and UTs which are covered include Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Ladakh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said that today marks a significant step in the expansion of FM services by All India Radio in the direction of becoming All India FM.
He underlined that the beginning of 91 FM transmitters by All India Radio is like a present for 2 crore people of the nation.
In a way, the Prime Minister said, it provides a glimpse of the diversity and colours of India.
He informed that the districts covered under the new 91 FM transmitters are aspirational districts and blocks, and congratulated All India Radio for the momentous achievement.
He also congratulated the citizens of the Northeast who will greatly benefit from this.
The Prime Minister said that the government is continuously working for the democratisation of technology.
“It is important that no Indian should feel scarcity of opportunity if India has to rise up to its full potential”, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also touched upon the dimension of linguistic diversity and informed that FM transmission will take place in all the languages and especially in the regions with 27 dialects.
“This connectivity does not link just the tools of communications but it connects the people too. This is reflective of the work culture of this government," PM Modi said.
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