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In December 2002, the Government of India approved a policy for the grant of licenses for setting up of Community Radio Stations to well established educational institutions including IITs/IIMs.
The matter has been reconsidered and the Government has now decided to broad base the policy by bringing ‘Non-profit’ organisations like civil society and voluntary organisations etc under its ambit in order to allow greater participation by the civil society on issues relating to development & social change.
There are several stages to the Application process as well that needs to be kept in mind.
- Step 1: Filling up the Application Form and submitting the requisite documents to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Community Radio Station Cell), Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. (The list of documents will be highlighted below/ in a foot note)
- Step 2: Applying to the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC) for i) Frequency Allocation;
(ii)SACFA (Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation) Clearance
- Step 3: Signing of the GOPA (Grant of Permission Agreement)
- Step 4: Applying for the (WOL) Wireless Operating License to the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC)
Let us now take a look at the genesis of the CRS Online Application Form
Earlier on, the CRS applicants had to fill in a physical form, more recently, the Ministry of I& B, GOI, has decided that an online application form may be easier to fill as well as monitor and fast track the process of application. Hence, the new online form has been designed to facilitate a self explanatory, self contained application from that ensures faster delivery and access.
However, there are some important factors that need to be kept in mind before you begin filling in the online application from……..