Bhopal, July 14: For the first time in the country community radio centres are being started in tribal-predominant areas. In this sphere also Madhya Pradesh has taken a lead over other states since first of these centres are being set up in ten districts of the state in the first phase with a view to conveying schemes for tribal development to the masses.
The places where community radio centres would be established include Baiga-predominant areas Chanrha in Dindori district and Baihar in Balaghat district, Korku-predominant Khalwa in Khandwa district, Gond-predominant Chicholi in Betul district, Bhil-predominant Nalchha in Dhar district, Bhabhra in Alirajpur district, Meghnagar in Jhabua district and Sirsi in Guna district, Sahariya-predominant Sesaipur in Sheopur district and Bhariya-predominant Bijori in Chhindwara district.
Due to novel efforts undertaken by Tribal Welfare Department of the state government, these community radio centres would be totally 'of the tribals, by the tribals and for the tribals'. This would not only preserve their culture and art, but would also lead to their educational, social and economic progress. These channels would go a long way in keeping the tribals living in almost inaccessible areas informed with the schemes aiming at their welfare.