PM Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated 91 FM transmitters on Friday to boost radio connectivity. It includes 84 districts across 18 states and 2 union territories. on Friday. This will benefit FM radio connectivity in border areas and aspirational districts. Radio services have been extended two days ahead of the broadcast of the 100th episode of the PM Narendra Modi’s monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat.
PM Modi said, “Today the expansion of All India Radio’s (AIR) FM service is a big and important step towards 0becoming All India FM. This launch of 91 FM transmitters of All India FM is like a gift for 2 crore people in 85 districts of the country. ”
PM Modi said, ” In a few days I am going to do the 100th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on radio. This experience of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, this kind of emotional connection with the countrymen was possible only through radio. Through radio, I got connected to the strength of the people of the country and the collective duty.”
PM Modi further emphasized that be it timely dissemination of information, weather forecasts for agriculture, or connecting the women’s self-help groups with new markets, these FM transmitters will play a key role. He added that the tech revolution in the country helped radio emerge in a new avatar and brought new listeners to the medium.
Speaking on occasion, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said, “This is a historic move. This will be very helpful in transmitting information related to entertainment, sports, and farming to the local people. Mann Ki Baat increased the popularity of radio.”
The States and UTs covered include Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Ladakh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands,