Ratnangar, Sept 30: The national convention of Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal, an umbrella organisation of community radio stations, has wrapped up issuing a 13-point Sauraha Declaration.
The convention decided to carry out amendments to the Association’s statute to take it into a federal mechanism, according to Association President Mohan Chapagain.
The convention expressed gratitude to the political parties and government for drafting an inclusive constitution, calling on the government and agitating parties to resolve the problems through talks.
Likewise, the declaration has sought recognition of social entrepreneurship to community radio stations, put an end to discrimination on allocation of public welfare advertisements and addressing the energy crisis in radio.
It has thanked the government for the decision to exempt 50 per cent royalty to radios and waive the renewal fee for radios below 100 watts and demanded the availability of renewal facility within the district, according to Association General Secretary Govinda Devkota.
Management of government fund to operate radio stations, promotion of domestic tourism, and public-private cooperation to promote radio stations are the emphasis of the declaration.
Around 200 representatives attended the convention that was inaugurated by Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang and ended last night.