A team of 15 led by Md. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, the Additional Secretary at Ministry of Information- Bangladesh, paid a visit today to the Radio Sagarmatha Building at Bhanimandal, Lalitpur. Apart from being informed on the history of Radio Sagarmatha, the first independent community radio in South East Asia, the team also got to know about its current state as well as challenges.
The other members of the team included Md. Ansar Ali, Deputy Chief at Ministry of Information- Bangladesh; Md. Habibur Rahman, Program Officer; Assistant Chief at Planning Commission-Bangladesh, as well as representatives from Bangladesh Press Institute and different community radios of Bangladesh.
The interaction programme, organized at the Radio Sagarmatha Hall, was commenced with a welcome address from Arjun Dhakal, President. Meanwhile, Ramesh Prasad Bhusal, General Secretary, gave a brief overview on the establishment of Radio Sagarmatha, the development of community radios, the challenges and sustainability issues as well as the role it played in achieving social justice and raising issues concerning environment t and sustainable development. Following that, Md. Ansar Ali highlighted the importance of community radios in developing any place and further expressed hopefulness that the visit would have in formulating policies for its further development and expansion.
Addition information related to the organization and campaigns was given by Laxman Upreti, Executive Director who explained the crucial role the radio played in achieving social justice and also presented examples of the same.