12 January 2012, Moulavibazar,Sylhet. At Bengal Community Centre, with an aim to improve the socio-economic condition of the poor and disadvantaged and ensure people's right to information, BRAC formally inaugurated its Community Radio, Radio Pollikontho 99.2 FM. Mr. Syed Mohsin Ali, Member of the Parliament has inaugurated Radio Pollikontho. BRAC Community Empowerment Programme Director Anna Minj , Upazila Executive Officer Mohd. Ashraful Alam Khan, Executive Director of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communications A.H.M. Bazlur Rahman, Programme Communication Specialist of UNICEF Syeed Milky, members of Radio Pollikontho Listeners Clubs, and members of the civil society.
BRAC's Radio Pollikontho is being broadcast from Chadnighat union in Maulvibazar within a radius of 17 km from the station. The radio formally went On-Air on 5th January, 2012, and is being broadcast twice a day: 9:00 am - 11:00 am in the morning, and 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the evening.
Radio Pollikontho, which is broadcasting programmes with focus on education as well as entertainment, can serve as a sustainable platform towards improving the socio-economic condition of the poor and disadvantaged and ensure people's right to information. Programmes are primarily being broadcast in the local dialect, with focus on women and children's issues and development. The radio is increasing people's access to information on various issues such as agriculture, education, health, environment, disaster management, women and children's rights, entertainment, market price, resources and services from government and nongovernment organizations, among others.
Although Community Radio has become very popular in many parts of the world, it is a relatively new concept in Bangladesh. It is hoped that, with the facilitation of BRAC Community Empowerment Programme and the active participation of the local people, Radio Pollikontho will make significant contribution towards increasing people's access and right to information, and help establish Digital Bangladesh.