Appreciating the role of 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 said that 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 and mentioned the stupendous work rendered by Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan for restoration of normalcy and peace.
Chief Minister was speaking at a function after he launched 10 MW FM Channel-2 of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar today.
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 mentioned Shaharbeen programme of Radio Kashmir and appreciated its production.
Talking about diversity of state, Omar 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 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.
On the occasion, Omar announced distant inauguration of four new FM stations at Kargil, Drass, Tsuru and Padam.
In near future prasar Bharti is planning to have 10 to 15 new FM stations in Jammu and Kashmir