28 Apr 2023

PM Modi Opens 91 New 100W FM Transmitters; Additional 2 Crore People Will Now Be Covered; Expansion Of Coverage In 35,000 Sq Km Area

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 91 new 100W FM Transmitters today via video conferencing. The inauguration will give a further boost to radio connectivity in the country.

As part of the government’s commitment to enhancing FM connectivity in the country, 91 new 100W 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. 

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 & Nicobar Islands. 

2 cr people who did not have access to medium will be covered

With this expansion of AIR’s FM service, an additional 2 crore people will now be covered who did not have access to the medium. It will result in the expansion of coverage in about 35,000 sq km area.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted the presence of numerous Padma Awardees in the programme and welcomed them. The Prime Minister 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 85 districts and 2 crore people of the nation. 

PM congratulates citizens of Northeast

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 underscored the emotional connection of his generation with radio. “For me, there is an added happiness that I have a relationship with radio as a host too”, the Prime Minister said referring to the upcoming 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat. 

He said “This kind of emotional connect with the countrymen was possible only through the radio. Through this, I remained linked to the strength of the country and the collective power of the duty among the countrymen.”

PM Modi said those who were considered to be distant will now get a chance to connect at a greater level. Government is continuously working for the democratization of technology, he said.

Digital India has given new thought process as well

“Digital India has not only given new listeners to the radio but a new thought process as well,” Modi said adding be it DTH or FM radio, this power gives us a window to peep into future India. We have to prepare ourselves for this future.

Strengthening cultural as well as intellectual connectivity

“Our government is strengthening cultural connectivity as well as intellectual connectivity,” PM Modi said. “Connectivity in any form should aim to connect the country and its 140 crore citizens”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the tech revolution taking place in the country in the past few years has fabricated radio and especially FM in a new form. Noting the rise of the internet, the Prime Minister pointed out that radio has come to the fore in innovative ways through podcasts and online FM.

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