Dhimsa FM radio station at Chhapar village in Koraput district focuses on rural development issues while offering a platform to the villagers to voice their concern.
The radio station, established by local voluntary organization SOVA, was on Tuesday inaugurated by Unicef’s India deputy representative (programme) in the presence of Koraput district collector Jaya Kumar V.
The idea behind setting up the station was to focus on rural development issues related to food sovereignty, organic farming, women’s health, problems faced by children and to disseminate information related to various government schemes.
The station with one studio to record programmes and one 50-watt FM transmitter with coverage radius of 12 km on air broadcasts programmes on a range of social issues from 6 to 9 am, 10 am to 12 noon, 2pm to 5 pm and 6 to 9 pm in night.
As many as 62 villages of Koraput and Lamataput blocks situated at a radius of about 12 km from Chappar tune into Dhimsa radio, partaking in a repertoire of quality community-based programmes, including folk songs and theatre.
“It provides a wonderful platform to air problems relating to women’s health, child marriage, sanitation and other developmental issues. Prior to the inauguration of the station, we have prepared over 700 programmes on various subjects,” said Sachida Mohanty, a radio station programmer who works full-time for Dhimsa Radio.