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All India Radio to install 100 stations in Naxal-affected states

The Centre will come up with 100 All India Radio (AIR) stations in Naxal-affected states in the country and the first radio station will be constructed at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. The aim behind the move is to win the confidence of the people who are residing in the insurgency-hit areas.

“Private radio channels still fear setting up radio stations in Naxal-affected areas and that is one of the reasons we have decided that AIR itself will set up 100 radio stations by 2017 to tackle the menace of Naxalism in the country,” said Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore.

A week ago, the Centre had also mooted the plan to install 2,200 mobile towers in states that are Naxal affected.