Community radio, Alfaz-e-Mewat, won the Manthan award 2015 under the community broadcasting category. The Manthan award saw 412 applications from 36 participating countries. Fifty Seven made it to the finals and there were ultimately 27 winners.
Alfaz-e-Mewat’s application laid emphasis on the research that was undertaken using community radio in its programmes on governance. These included MNREGA Mera Hak, which used Integrated Voice Response System for crowd sourcing information on the implementation status of MGNREGA. MNREGA Mera Hak was produced with inputs from fellow radio stations in four states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh – on programmes related to Public Distribution System, and formative research for community learning programs on sanitation.
Besides these programmes, the station has also been instrumental in supporting research on community radio sustainability. Today, besides the daily broadcasts heard over the radio, Alfaz-e-Mewat’s mobile app featuring radio episodes on panchayats is popular with the youth. Set up in 2012 by NGO Sehgal Foundation, the station broadcasts for 13 hours daily and reaches out to 225 rural villages in Mewat district of Haryana.
From December 2015, the station embarks on a 365-episode series on women’s health and nutrition, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Shramik Bharti’s Waqt Ki Awaaz CR and its programmes got recognition and several awards this year. These include the The Manthan Award – Digital Inclusion for Development. Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of U.P. recognized Waqt Ki Awaaz as an impactful Social Enterprise at an Manch 2015, organised on November 14 at CM’s residence by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
CR News Bureau