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21 July 2011

World’s first Tribal Radio Centre to be launched in Madhya Pradesh July 23

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The first tribal radio centre of the world is coming into operation from Bhabra (Alirajpur) in Madhya Pradesh. This radio centre being initiated jointly by “Vanya” and Tribal Welfare Department will broadcast programmes in local 'Bhili' dialect.

According to an official Press release the radio centre is being launched at the birth place of martyr Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhabra on July 23, 2011. Bhartiya Janata Party National President Mr. Nitin Gadkari will be chief guest of inaugural ceremony. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan will preside over the same. Besides, special guests will be former Union Minister and presently Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Mr. Kantilal Bhuria, BJP State President Mr. Prabhat Jha, Tribal and Scheduled Caste Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister of State for Tribal and Scheduled Caste Welfare Mr. Harishankar Khatik, Minister of State for Public Health, Family Welfare and District In-charge Minister Mr. Mahendra Hardia, MLA Alirajpur, Mr. Nagar Singh Chouhan and MLA Jobat Mrs. Sulochana Rawat.

Two hours programmes will be broadcast from radio centre Bhabra and it can be listened to within 20 kilometer sphere. It will be operated by local tribal community in Bhili dialect. The radio will bridge the gap between welfare schemes of government and local people.

Community radio centres are being opened at 10 places including Bhabra by “Vanya” such as Baiga dominated Chada-Dindori, Baihar-Balaghat district, Korku dominated Khalwa-Khanwa, Gond dominated Chicholi-Betul, Bhil dominated Nalchha-Dhar, Bhabra-Alirajpur, Meghnagar-Jhabua, Umari-Guna, Sahariya dominated Sesaipura-Sheopur and Bhariya dominated Bijori-Chhindwara. The Radio centres at Sesaipura, Khalwa, Nalchha and Chicholi are ready while works at remaining centres are in progress, the release said.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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