Sunday, July 5, 2009

National Communication Service Plan 1971 (Rastriya Sanchar Sewa Yojana 2028 v.s.)


Page. 83, published date: 1971 July
Publisher: His Majesty’s Government.
Contains many figures on Nepali national communications institutions (see pix).


This is a detailed roadmap for Nepali national communication institutions till 1980s. It was outcome of Janch Bujha Kendra, a think tank of Royal Palace in Panchayat period. It came to existence in 1970. I am doing masters dissertation on the plan. So far I have finished more than half of my research. Three people were directly involved on making of the plan: Dr. Jagadish Sharma, Manoranjan Joshi and Vishnu Gopal. I am studying how the concept of the plan evolved in Nepal, what is in the plan and how it was implemented in three media institutions-Radio Nepal, Press Council and Royal Nepal Film Corporation.

This document gives information on the condition of Nepali government media institutions till 1970s. Its sole interest was to strengthen then Publicity and Ministry. It recommended government to change the ministry into Ministry of Communicaitons. It brought 11 national communications institutions in the ministry- Ministry of Information, Department of Broadcasting (Radio Nepal), Department of Information, Postal Department, HMG Press, Press Council, Royal Nepal Motion Film Corporation, Nepal Telecommunications Corporation, Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Nepal Cultural Corporation, Ratna Recording Corporation and Gorkhapatra Corporation.
. More than this it popularize the slogan: “Communications for Development”. It is a classic document to study making of the concept of development communication in Nepal. So I have named my thesis:

Politics of ‘Communication for Development’: Intentions and Consequences of National
Communication Services Plan 1971 in Nepal (1970-1990) in Light of Three
Communication Institutions. It is also a document to study how partyless Panchayat Period(1961-19990) used the slogan of “Communications for Development” to buttress its political ideology.

Key Words:
Media System. Panchayat System, Development Communication, Modernization of Mass Communication, Media Institutions, Media Politics, Media Training, Communication Planning and Policies, Janch Bujha Kendra, Dr. Jagadish Sharma, Manoranjan Joshi and Vishnu Gopal, Radio, Film, Press, Press Council, Department of Information,

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