Radio Active believes in the power of partnerships and, networks with Government departments, NGOs and institutions, social workers and students to be a part of change collectively.

Breaking the Silence and Shame Free:  Campaign on Menstruation

On the eve of International Menstrual Hygiene Day, May 28th 2016, Radio Active partnered with noted  Menstrual Hygiene Activist, Founder of ‘Breaking the Silence’ , UNFPA National Laadli Awardee,Public Health Professional & Journalist the Guardian Urmila Chanam, to jointly run the campaign on Menstruation.

Radio Active’s earlier campaign Shame Free, will now merge with Breaking the Silence  and run a series of programs, outreach, discussions. In addition to documenting culture, traditions and songs

Right to Education

Ensuring the Right to Education through radio and much more…

The Right to Education Act, 2009 was finally implemented in Karnataka in April, 2010. However, even after the implementation of the act and the guidelines given to different schools in and around the state, the act did not translate into action which ensured that children in the age group of 6-14 years received free and compulsory education in private and government schools, where 25% of seats were reserved for children belonging to the lower income groups.

Due this gap, the program committee and listeners of Radio Active felt the need to start a radio campaign on awareness regarding the RTE act. The series on RTE awareness kick started in July 2012 with focus on School Development Management Committee (SDMC).

In July 2012, following the proposal of the Program Committee and listeners and community feedback, the station launched a daily show, Shiskshanna Idu Nanna Hakku focusing on the RTE Act. The show aims at creating more awareness about RTE amongst listeners through interviews, opinions, ground realities, etc. On 18 August 2012, observing the lapse in the implementation of RTE across Karnataka, various NGOs and Radio Active came together to form Right to Education Task Force. RTE Task Force also includes parents, teachers, retired government officials and children with an aim to create more awareness and intervention.

Shiskshanna Idu Nanna Hakku has been a widely accepted program and listeners have responded and given their feedback.  The series ran for one year.

Objectives of the Project:

  • To create awareness and enhance accuracy and clarity about The RTE Act, 2009, through radio programs and outreach activities.
  • To develop a model in understanding and implementing The RTE Act.
  • To ensure admissions under The RTE Act, and to make sure the child gets quality education.
  • Voicing ideas concerning RTE.
  • Addressing RTE issues to the departments concerned like Karnataka Child Rights Observatory.


Number of Radio Programmes (till March, 2013) 59
RTE Awareness Workshops 19
Total Number of participants at workshops 224

Other activities:

  • Release of Parent Diary (a handbook to be filled by the parent on observing their child’s development).
  • Release of RTE information booklet.


Pension Parishad

 Towards Universalisation of Pension

Several organizations came together to collectively campaign on the need for the Universalisation of Pension. The struggle which was initiated in Pune and in New Delhi, saw the formation of a Karnataka Chapter. A Pension Parshad was  held from  May 7-11, 2012 that highlighted the present situation and need for the universalisation of pension. Such universalisation would ensure support to elderly population of over eight million, who are left out of the present pension scheme/s. It also focused on creating easy access to pension for the same. As a part of the campaign, through a daily radio program, Radio Active collected life stories of individuals receiving no pension to create a repository to present the case to the government.

On August 9, 2012, over 4,000 people, including elderly citizens from all over Karnataka, gathered for a People Campaign organized by Karnataka State Pension Parishad at Freedom Park in Bangalore. The participants included men and women from the marginalized communities that included construction workers, persons with disability, dalits, domestic workers, farmers, garment workers, homeless individuals, People with HIV, senior citizens, sex workers, sexual minorities, survivors of violence, tribals, waste itinerant buyers, waste sorters, wastepickers, widows and others who are eligible for universal pension. This campaign also saw Radio Active moving towards programming and outreach, focussed on rights & entitlements.


Number of radio programs 51
Number of life stories collected 100+
Outreach/Meetings 10

Objectives of the Campaign:

  • A Universal and Non Contributory Old Age Pension System to be established immediately by the government with a minimum amount of monthly pension not less than 50% of minimum wage or Rs 2000/- per month, whichever is higher.
  • The pension to be an individual entitlement for all eligible citizens of India.
  • The monthly pension amount to be indexed to inflation bi-annually and revised every two to three years in the same manner as is done for salaries/pensions of government servants.
  • Any individual 55 years or older to be eligible for the old age pension.
  • For women, eligibility age for pensions to be 50 years.
  • For highly vulnerable groups (such as the Primitive Tribal Groups, Transgender, Sex Workers, PWDs), the eligibility age to be 45 years or fixed according to their particular circumstances.
  • No one to be forced to compulsorily retire from work on attaining the age of eligibility for universal old age pension.
  • A single window system for Old Age Pensions.
  • APL / BPL criteria should not be used for exclusion.
  • The payment of pension not to be used to deny any other social security / welfare benefit such as benefit under the Public Distribution System.

Campaign on Right to Food /Efficiency of Public Distribution System

This campaign ran for one year in 2011, in partnership with CIVIC, an NGO working on civic issues. Following a series of interviews/ vov-pox in JJR Nagar, Srirampura, Magadi Road and Dasarahalli on the following

  • Do you have ration card?
  • What category do you belong?
  • Are you aware of the procedure to obtain a ration card?
  • Did you use an agent to get a ration card?
  • Did any inspection team come in to check?
  • What ration do you receive and how much?
  • Are you aware of the new rules of the ration card?
  • Have you been short- changed/cheated at the ration shop?
  • Have you tried to complain? Have your complaints been addressed?
  • Are you aware of any committees to whom you can go too, to address your issues?
  • Have you have heard of the Aahara Adalat? Have you participated in any?
  • Do you know the members of your vigilance committee?
  • Do you know who is the Food Inspector in your area?
  • Will you prefer a cash transfer instead of the PDS system

 On 3rd July 2011, a public sensitization workshop was held at JJR Nagar. Ms. Kathyayini and Mr. Rammurthy from CIVIC briefed the public on the Citizen’s charter. Over 600 residents participated in the program, by registering complaints , issues and problems.

The radio series that followed covered the following topics

About  Public Distribution System:

  • Details about Ration card
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Reasons for rejection
  • Documents to be submitted as per category
  • Card-wise monthly Ration Details

Fair Price Shops

  • Persons in charge
  • Timings & weekly holidays
  • Date and time of distribution
  • Things available
  • Maintenance of accounts
  • Stock and price details

Committees( roles and responsibility )

  • Food Security Committee
  • Aahara Adalat
  • Food Guarantee Committee
  • Vigilance committee



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