Date: May 22, 2012

To Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, MP Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Information and Ministry of Cultural Affairs Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000

Sub:

Initiate the Process for a Policy of Community Television Towards Strengthening of Right to Information in Bangladesh

Dear Sir, Greetings from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) You will be pleased to know that all 14 community radio stations of the country (licensed under your efficient leadership) is now broadcasting 100 hours programs in a day. The important programs presently on-air include education, information related to life & livelihood, local entertainment and motivating people in government development activities. At present 536 young boy and girls are working in 14 Community Radio Stations as rural level media professionals. We are providing continuous support to them through capacity development efforts, sectoral research & development and other technical inputs. You would be happy to know that, after having the training, the radio stations are in operation following the approved policy of the govt. Also, we became able to know that there are 22 applicants received relevant security clearance and are now waiting for final approval from the Ministry of Information. We hope that a good number of new stations will soon come up by having licenses under your dynamic leadership. This is an undeniable fact that Ministry of Information is the forerunner for the present existence of 14 Community Radio stations and 100 broadcasting hours on our radio wave every day. Therefore, to strengthen this success, we draw your attention and seek your leadership for community television policy 2012 soon. We think that Community Television will also follow the policy guidelines of the Government, as it happens in the case of community radio operations, and telecast their programs in first 2 years through the cable operators.

You are also aware of the recent Ministry of Planning has already declared of recently Perspective Plan of Bangladesh. ( (2010-2012) in which 07 priority issues have been b identified. Some of those are as follows: Achieving increased Growth rate and reduce poverty through participation Ensuring institutional infrastructure for achieving higher growth rate and effective government mechanism Achieving energy security to increase development and citizens' welfare Mitigate Climate Change impacts Accelerate new innovations on the backdrop of achieving the vision of Digital Bangladesh.

We think that Community Television can play very important role in achieving the above priorities of the Government. Therefore, we draw your kind attention and leadership to formulate the Policy for Community Television as immediate as possible. Sincerely YoursYours Wishing your good health Sincerely YoursYours

AHM Bazlur Rahman Chief Executive Director Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
ceo@bnnrc.net www.bnnrc.net

CC: 1. 2. 3. 4. Secretary, Ministry of Information , Additional Secretary Broadcasting, Ministry of Information ecretaryDirector General, Bangladesh Television , Deputy Secretary- TV -2

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