Bhili community radio in Alirajpur
July 30, 2011 10:00:00 PM
Bhopal: Close on the heels of launch of a Bhili community radio, the first ever anywhere in the world, at Bhabhara in Alirajpur district on July 30, now plan for setting up nine other tribal community radio stations is on the anvil. There is a plan to set up as many as 110 community radio stations in all the tribal blocks of the state. The soon-to-be-launched nine radio stations are meant for areas predominantly inhabited by Baiga, Korku, Saharia, Gond and Bharia tribal communities. Notably, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan dedicated the first community radio station at Bhabhara, the birth place of Shahid Chandrashekhar Azad on the latter’s birth anniversary, July 30. This initiative has been taken by Vanya, an undertaking of the Tribal Development Department.
As per the information available in this regard, these nine stations are to be set up at Baiga dominated Chada (district Dindori) and Baihar (district Balaghat), Korku dominated Khalwa(district Khandwa) ; Gond dominated Chicholi (district Betul); Bhil dominated Nalachha (district Dhar); Meghnagar (district Jhabua) ; Umari (district Guna), Sahararia dominated Sesaipura (district Sheopur); Bharia dominated Bijauri (district Chhindwara). Of these, the stations at Sesaipura, Khalwa, Nalacha and Chicholi are ready. All these centres would broadcast programmes in the main tribal dialect of the area as well as some programmes in Hindi that is spoken in day-today life by the local community.
The Bhabhara radio covers a radius of 15 to 20 kilometre. At present, programmes of two-hour duration are aired each in the morning and evening. Efforts are on to extend the period to five hour each. It may be mentioned here that over 46 tribal communities reside in Madhya Pradesh. The population of Bhil community is 37.7 per cent of total tribal population. The second largest tribal community is Gond. There are three primitive tribes i.e. Baiga, Saharia and Bharia. Kol, Korku, Saharia, Bharia are some other major tribal communities. The tribals constitute 21 percent of state’s population.