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India installs 91 radio transmitters to cover remote, border regions

New Delhi, Apr 28, (EFE).-Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated 91 FM radio transmitters in the country for better connectivity in remote and border areas, according to a statement by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

These transmitters have been installed in 84 districts across 20 states, and will result in the network of transmitters with state-owned All India Radio (AIR) increasing from 524 to 615, the Press Information Bureau of the Ministry said.

“Those who were considered to be distant will now get a chance to connect at a greater level,” Modi said at the inauguration ceremony, which occurred right before his 100th episode of his monthly radio program, “Mann Ki Baat.”

This addition of transmitters will further boost the coverage of AIR to 73.5 percent of the population of the country, the statement said.

India’s only public broadcaster, AIR, currently is accessible by 92 percent of the population, although isolated places are still inaccessible.

“Border regions, and areas affected by extremism have been given priority in this, and it will improve social connectivity in those areas,” AIR Editor Payal Sharma told EFE. EFE


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