The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 8 February 2013 arranged the first of its kind Live Twitter Conference based on the theme- Community Radio: Road Travelled & Way Forward. The first ever Live Twitter Conference was chaired by the Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Uday Kumar Varma. Other senior officials of the I&B were present as well.
The Live Twitter Conference was scheduled for half an hour but continued for around more than 1 hour. During the Live Twitter Conference, over 200 questions were asked on various topics of Community Radio programme. The Secretary of Ministry of I&B gave answers to around 45 questions. These questions were associated to topics such as sustainability, licensing, waiver and spectrum fee of Community Radio Model as well as career prospects.
I&B announced that the first Live Twitter Conference enabled it to understand the mindset of people in terms of social media space. The intervention, in the meanwhile, also provided a good platform to the citizens for making them aware about the important policies as well as programmes of the Government of India. It was also ensured that awareness in terms of key policy interventions like Community Radio reached people in a way that it was understood by them.
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