Association of Community Radio Broadcaster (ACORAB) Nepal has expressed gratitude to Minister of Information and Communication (MoIC) for the decision of implementing radio license renewal, equipment (transmitter) license renewal and royalty payment services from District Postal Offices to FM radio stations with up to 500 watts. Government has initiated radio license services to FM radio station with up to 100 watts from District Postal Officer from last fiscal year. By issuing a statement, ACORAB expressed its confidence for the initiation by the government to provide renewal services of all radio stations without any discrimination to all range of watt capacities from the districts.
ACORAB has been demanding to abolish irrelevant royalty charge to community radio stations which were established for the social transformation with the not for profit nature. Likewise, ACORAB has been expressing its serious objection for the hike of equipment (transmitter) license renewal charge by 20 times. ACORAB also requested Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) to immediately annul this provision. By reminding about the state’s duty to protect and promote community radio stations actively working to ensure citizen’s freedom of speech and access to information for the people who are out of the coverage of mass media, ACORAB urges the government to not initiate policy of irrelevant taxation.