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NRI Samay Impact award -2012 given to Ganjivarapu Srinivas
NRI Samay is an independent and non-profit radio station, which has been running on the basis of positive journalism since 2010. It brings stories from all corners of India and from other countries straight from the grassroots activists.

NRI Samay, a non-profit radio channel based in Los Angeles, in the US, has announced it's first annual Impact Award - 2012, given to a person, a group or an organization, who has made extraordinary contribution to the society. For his contribution to excellence in journalism, and for relentlessly fighting for the rights of the tribals, the NRI Samay Impact award for the year of 2012 has been awarded to activitst and journalist Ganjivarapu Srinivas based in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh.


NRI Samay also announced to support destitute journalist Beesabathina Sreekanth Naidu (Tinku) from Tirupati. His both arms and legs are not functioning due to a polio-like disease. He now reports for NRI Samay by doing radio interviews and by reporting local issues.

At least half of the shows on NRI Samay are either about women’s issues or feature women guests. Some of the guests including Vandana Shiva, P Sainath, Kishore Tiwari spoke passionately on the farmers and rural issues. At the heights of the Kudankulam Nuclear protests, the leader of the protests P Uday Kumar along with other fishermen spoke about the issues on an exclusive live show for NRI Samay.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy (Janata Party), Dr N Jayaprakash Narayan (Lok Satta Party) and Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy (CPI) are some of the national political leaders who have appeared on various shows. During the anti-corruption movement Justice Santhosh Hegde, Prashanth Bhushan (Supreme Court Lawyer) and Kiran Bedi were some of the leaders who explained about the Jan Lokpal bill. Debates are also conducted with experts on Genetically Modified crops (GM), Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and Anti Corruption, etc.

The guests on shows are both unknown individuals who are doing incredible work in their capacity, and also the popular figures. Some of the guests on tribal issues featured, Himanshu Kumar from Chhattisgarh (Known as Tribal Gandhi), Srinivas Ganjivarapu from AP, etc. When the mining minister for AP Galla Aruna Kumari came to NRI Samay, she was asked about the illegal mining in EG DT and Vizag areas, and she promised to look into those issues.

NRI Samay has introduced young politicians by conducting interviews with them. Several young RTI activists such as Ritesh Singh (UP), Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu (AP), Pankti Jog (Gujarat), and Shailesh Gandhi (Maharastra) have been featured on various shows. When Assam was burning with the violence from infiltration, NRI Samay brought the ground level realities directly from the people who are affected.

The radio station has also announced its Citizen Journalism venture. This is a concept where any citizen can be a reporter, and report issues from their own locality. Examples of such reports submitted recently to NRI Samay are 1) The issues facing by the residents of Hyderabad due to unresponsive GHMC officials in the Layout Regularization Scheme (LRS) 2) The issues facing by the patients in RUIA hospital, Tirupati due to lack of staff and infrastructure 3) A lecturer who is facing a strange disease in Apollo Hospital Kakinada, and his plea for help.


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