Basic principles of Community Radio policy guidelines in India provided by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. An organisation desirous of operating a Community Radio Station (CRS) must be able to satisfy and adhere to the following principles:
a) It should be explicitly constituted as a non-profit organisation and should have a proven record of at least three years of service to the local community.
b) The CRS to be operated by it should be designed to serve a specific well-defined local community.
c) It should have an ownership and management structure that is reflective of the community that the CRS seeks to serve.
d) Programmes for broadcast should be relevant to the educational, developmental, social and cultural needs of the community.
e) It must be a Legal Entity i.e. it should be registered (under the registration of Societies Act or any other such act relevant to the purpose).