All India Radio launches free SMS news service

All India Radio launched a free SMS service on Monday. Free SMS service to provide important news to user and keep them updated with the latest happenings around.

SMS service launched by Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari, who also launched the Bharat Nirman online portal.

Manish hoped the service which is subscribed by two lakh people at present will touch the five lakh figure by the end of this month.

All India Radio is able to access information from extremely remote parts of the country, he said and added that with this service, “we want to ensure events taking place in northeast and others parts, get mainstreamed.”

People willing to subscribe to the service can simply SMS ‘AIRNEWS their name to 08082080820. They can also give a missed call to the said number to subscribe to the service. Along with news headlines, a small message regarding public utility schemes of the government will be tagged.

“The resource generated through such public utility scheme will enable the News Services Division of AIR to bear the cost incurred towards generating such SMSes, said an official statement.

AIR has already procured a public service message from HRD Ministry which is being tagged along with the news headlines of the day, it said.

Talking about the launch of the online portal, Tewari said the aim is to ensure “I&B Ministry has an institutionalised presence”.

Bharat Nirman campaign seeks to highlight government’s major achievements in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. The second phase of the campaign was launched last month.

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