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Frequencies that touch lives and connect the community !

Gurgaon Ki Awaaz, Lalit Lokvani, Chanderi ki Awaaz ...India's community radio stations are reaching out to touch lives and livelihoods in little hamlets and towns across the country with useful nuggets of information spiced up with local folk music and radio plays.
India today has 135 community radio stations and another 300 are in the process of being set up. The government is giving a major push to this medium by holding workshops across the country, offering content sharing platforms, making it economically viable for those running such stations and also linking up with them via Facebook.
According to Supriya Sahu, joint secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting, "Community radio station (CRS) is a medium that has potential to bring a silent revolution as it is connected to the daily lives of people. It is not a one way communication like television and radio where others tell and people have to listen. In this people participate, which is important in a d…

95 % schools don't comply with RTE guidelines: Study

Over two years after the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) was notified by the central government, more than 95 percent of schools in the country do not comply with its guidelines, a study has found.
Data compiled by RTE Forum with inputs from its members from across the country points out that only one out of 10 schools in 2010-11 had drinking water facilities, while two out of every five schools lacked a functional toilet.

The report also shows lack of training facilities for teachers, adversely affecting the quality of primary education in India. Nearly 36 percent of all sanctioned posts of teachers in the country are lying vacant. Of this, the national capital alone accounts for 21,000 vacancies, while 1,000 posts are vacant in Odisha, RTE Forum's report says.

The guidelines under the RTE act specify that schools "established, owned, controlled or substantially funded by the government or local authorities" must ensure that the vacancy of tea…

‘Delhi government diverted funds meant for SCs’

Out of funds worth Rs.1,901.56 crore earmarked exclusively for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, the Delhi government diverted Rs.1,703.93 crore for schemes under the Commonwealth Games, transportation and other projects in 2010-11, citing the official data, an NGO (NCDHR) reveals.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit denied the charges that the funds meant for the scheduled castes community were diverted for other schemes. But the NGO alleged that the Delhi government used the fund "illegally".

The alleged diversion has been made from central government's Schedule Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP), the guidelines of which mention that states have to allocate a certain amount for SCSP in their budget every year.

"In the 2010-11, Delhi government allocated Rs.1,901.56 crore under the SCSP but it spent only Rs.197.63 crore and rest of the money was diverted for projects which don't directly benefit scheduled castes in the capital," National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights&…