The stakeholders of community radios have demanded different and independent policy for community radio for its development and management. ACORAB Nepal organized discussion programme on "Broadcasting Law Amendment: Addressing Community Radio" on March 9, 2014 at Lalitpur where the participants of the programme have made such remarks. Mr. Suresh Acharya, past President of Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ) highlighted that, draft communication policy which was developed with the support of JICA has been submitted to MOIC but Government has not been able to make it public. Mr. Min Bahadur Shahi, Vice President of AMARC Asia Pacific highlighted that, effectiveness of the policy document will advance if Government Agencies take lead instead of non government agencies. Mr. Umakanta Parajuli, Vice Secretary of MOIC and President of Community Radio Regulating, Operating and Managing task force highlighted that, MOIC is currently working on publishing policy and rules and the work force has just started working on it. Mr. Parajuli further stressed that, various organizations has demanded different types of policy document. Mr. Farindra Gautam, Vice Secretary: Law Officer from MOIC focused on 13 draft documents on policy, law and rules for the management of communication which is lacking unity of relevant stakeholders in publishing and application.
After the presentation of Mr. Rabindra Bhattrai, Consultant on Proper Amendment of Broadcasting Law: Regulate and Development of Community Radios, Mr. Mohan Chapagain President of ACORAB Nepal mention that, the umbrella organization of community radios, ACORAB Nepal is requesting MOIC for community radios division and management through specific policy. ACORAB Nepal has submitted suggestion to MOIC and will assist in its full effort for community radio friendly policy as said by Mr. Chapagain. On the same forum Mr. Prakash Jawala, Member of Constitution Assembly from Nepal Communist Party committed that he would play significant role in passing the communication act from the assembly. Mr. Ram Narayan Wedari, Member of Constitution Assembly from Unified Communist Party of Nepal committed that, he will create attention of the government in need for defining, declaring working mechanism and responsible uses of community radios. Similarly, Ms. Dimpal Jha, Member of Constitution Assembly from Sanghiya Sadbhavana Party committed that, she will recommend MOIC to work on policy documents of Community Radios without causing any delay. Majority of the participants recommended to end the process of renew only through MOIC which is very difficult to the community radios present at remote areas. Similarly they also recommended reducing the royalty to zero for those community radios which are effectively working for the development of the community.
The Government of Nepal has formed work force of eight members to provide suggestion focused on improving law for regulating, operating and managing community radios. According to the decision made by Information and Communication Minister on February 5, 2014 work force was formed. The work force formed on the chairmanship of Mr. Umakant Parajuli (Chief Vice-Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communication, Department of the Information) consist of Mr. Mohan Chapagain (President of ACORAB Nepal), Mr. Min Bahadur Shahi (Immediate Past President of ACORAB Nepal), Mr. Tapanath Shukla, two representatives from Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ) and Mr. Anup Nepal (Technical Vice-Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communication Department of the Frequency) are the members of work force. The Member-Secretary of the work force is Mr. Phadindra Gautam (Ministry of Information and Communication, Law Officer). The team will suggest necessary changes on law in terms of community radios within one month of starting work to Ministry of Information and Communication.
On January 13, 2014 ACORAB Nepal had submitted Memorandum of Understanding to Information and Communication Minister Mr. Madhav Poudel to generate Governments attention towards development and promotion of community radios and management of national distribution of community radios by amendment of National Broadcasting Regulation 2052.