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All India Radio had shut down Gyan Vani FM due outstanding dues by IGNOU


All India Radio had to stop operations of Gyan Vani FM as the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) had stopped payments the ministry of information and broadcasting said, as indicated by this Press Trust of India report. In a written reply, minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore said that All India Radio was “constrained” to stop the operation of Gyan Vani FM channels from October 1, 2014, due to discontinuation of payments from April 1, 2013 onwards by IGNOU, accumulating outstanding payment of Rs 21.64 crores.

Gyan Vani, which used to operate 37 stations,  is an educational FM radio channel aimed at enhancing and supplementing the teaching and learning process by reaching the learners through interactive radio counselling formats for various syllabus based educational subjects. Through its programmes the station also looks to address the local educational, developmental and socio-cultural requirements.

The minister however added that IGNOU has approached the concerned regulatory authorities for renewal of their operating licenses for resuming transmission and that IGNOU has paid a major part of outstanding dues i.e Rs 17.09 crores.Resumption of services by AIR depends upon finalisation of mutually agreed terms and conditions, the minister added.

IGNOU had discontinued the payment of license fee with effect from 1 April 2013 resulting in accumulation of outstanding dues of the tune of Rs. 21.64 crore as on 30 September 2014. Repeated reminders were sent by AIR for remittance of the outstanding dues and Joint Coordination Committee meeting held at the Electronic Media Production Centre, IGNOU on 29 October 2013. The notice for discontinuation was issued to IGNOU on 12 September 2014 and thereafter the operation of Gyan Vani FM channels was discontinued with effect from 1 October 2014.

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