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Three decades have passed since the community radio had been identified as a powerful media for development. Number of community radios cropped up and unable to prove their existence any longer. Many allegations have been leveled against the existing radio channels. Lack of policy at the government level, dependency on government radio stations, lack of new models, awareness, understanding, learning, researching , quality, lack of plans for the sustainability and so on are among them. Even though, it is true enough we can’t accept it totally. We can’t deny the facts that there are ample of opportunities before us to go forward in developing the society, with the help of community radio in this era of ICT.
Community radio plays a major role in the sectors of education, arts, culture, health, politics, information technology, gender, skill development, peace building, minority development and rural development. Community radio is the most powerful tool by which pluralism, diversity, engagement, women development, child empowerment, agricultural establishment; good governance including e-governance, democracy and so on can be promoted.
Internet is the best option and alternative for Sri Lanka. Lack of accessibility and ICT literacy is never going to be a challenge if the proper communication methodology is used. Existing ICT tools can easily be utilized in order to localize the content and making it accessible to the people by new communication models. Sri Lanka has got reasonable amount of ICT infrastructure and rural access centers. Utilizing these facilities the community radio culture via internet can be encouraged while demanding the government to issue licenses for community radios.