FM Channel-2 of Radio Kashmir Launched

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Omar Tunes AIR, DD, Praises For Promoting Peace In J-K

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today lauded the “stupendous” work of the Srinagar stations of All India Radio and Doordarshan in restoring normalcy and peace in the state.

“The way the two stations withstand difficulties to run their programmes and keep people abreast with the facts during the militancy is laudable,” Omar said after launching 10 MW FM Channel-2 of the local station of All India Radio popularly known as “Radio Kashmir” here.

Giving full credit to Radio Kashmir and Srinagar station of Doordarshan for braving challenging circumstances and keeping the broadcasting and telecasting stations functional during “bad times”, the Chief Minister said the staff and officers had to pay heavy price for the same.

“You became the voice of people and worked for showing light to them in dark days,” he said.

Describing launch of FM Channel-2 as yet another step of Radio Kashmir to enhance its reach and provide entertainment to the people, Omar said there is a greater potential for encouraging private FM stations in the state.

He expressed hope that Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan would focus on producing more informative, educative and attractive programmes.

Omar mentioned “Shahrbeen”, a current affairs programme of Radio Kashmir, and appreciated its production.

While giving full credit to Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar for braving challenging circumstances and keeping the duo broadcasting and telecasting stations functional during bad times, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday said that the staff and officers had to pay heavy price for the same.

Speaking at a function after he launched 10 MW FM Channel-2 of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar here this morning, the Chief Minister referred to the difficulties faced by the two stations to run their programmes and kept people abreast with the facts during the militancy.

 “You became the voice of people and worked for showing light to them in dark days”, he said and mentioned the stupendous work rendered by Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan for restoration of normalcy and peace.

Describing launch of FM Channel-2, yet another step of Radio Kashmir to enhance its reach and provide good entertainment to the people, the Chief Minister said that there is greater potential for encouraging private FM stations in the State. He expressed the hope that Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan would focus on producing more informative, educative and attractive programmes for the general public benefit. He mentioned Shahrbeen programme of Radio Kashmir and appreciated its production.

Omar Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir is abode of different cultures and languages, as such, Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan has to reach to every area and formulate programmes in different languages. “I am happy to note that the programmes presently broadcasted and telecasted take care of this requirement”, he said emphasizing the need for its further upgrading and improvement.

The Chief Minister said that the reach of Radio Kashmir is quite enormous. 

“I have been told that people across the border also like listening programmes of Radio Kashmir which is of significant importance. You can touch the hearts of people across the border by providing balanced and fact full programmes to them”, he maintained.

The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting for helping Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir to expand its programmes and broad base its coverage across the State. He congratulated the Prasar Bharti for this initiative and hoped that more FM Channels will come in near future in the State. He also stressed the need of addressing the problems of the staff and functionaries of the duo stations.

In his speech, Parliament Member and President J&K Predesh Congress Committee, Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz highlighted the role of Radio Kashmir in reaching out people across the State through various programmes of greater informative, educative and news value. He said Radio Kashmir has gained huge popularity and is heard across the State interestingly by the people.

He congratulated the Prasar Bharti Authorities for launch of FM Channel-2 here and also conveyed his gratitude to the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting for this gesture.

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