The Gaon Ki Awaaz project initiated by IMII completed its first month today. During this month, over 50 audio news bulletins were transmitted on mobile phones. The first repsonse has been inspiring. Villagers make it a point to congregate around the mobile phones that get the bulletin.

Currently, only 20 villagers get …the bulletin as the project is in a test phase. But word has spread in Rampur-Mathura village. There is a demand for more numbers to be added. The two village reporters — Divyakar Pratap Singh and Priya Gupta — make sure that each of them has one bulletin ready for broadcast every morning.

The range of the stories — given the fact that it is only one village from where the stories are being generated — is amazing. There have been stories on health, education, crime, village happenings, forecasts on the coming year, farming tips, govt initiatives etc, etc.¬†

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