15th June 2020
  • Six city campaign across New Delhi, Patna, Bikaner, Lucknow, Kanpur, Ranchi 
  • COVID – 19 fundraising to provide ration and hygiene kits to girls from vulnerable families 


New Delhi, June 15th, 2020 As COVID-19 continues to impact lives, Plan India, a not for profit organisation for girls and young women announced an exclusive collaboration with Radio City, renowned FM radio station, to raise funds for a humanitarian response across six cities. This initiative with Radio City is an extension of the existing appeal for donations by Plan India under the #HelpIndiaHeal campaign for the most adversely affected populationThe 15-day campaign from June 15  30, 2020, will see Radio City disseminate public appeal messaging, urging its listeners to make contributions towards the Plan India led campaign. The organisations have come together to fulfil the purpose and mission of providing public health information and humanitarian assistance to communities facing hardships during these unprecedented times. 

The funds raised during the campaign period will be used to provide food and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable families across the six cities of New Delhi, Patna, Bikaner, Lucknow, Kanpur and RanchiPlan India’s #HelpIndiaHeal campaign launched on 15th April 2020, is a nation-wide campaign which enlists collaboration and financial support to be able to respond to the needs of girls, young women and their families, including the most adversely affected COVID-19 population. 

Speaking about the Plan India initiative, Mr Mohammed Asif, Plan India Executive Director said, Plan India’s second phase of humanitarian response starts after the relaxation of lockdown and one of the agendas is to continue to provide access to nutrition to children, girls and young women in daily wage earner and vulnerable familiesas livelihoods have been disrupted. We are thankful to Radio City for this association. Given their popularity, mass appeal and nation-wide network, we are optimistic that the #HelpIndiaHeal campaign will be able to resonate and raise funds so that more families can receive support from us. 

He further added, “We understand and hope to aid families living in poverty with the availability of foodGiven the adverse situation, girls and women are deeply affected, we also wish to address their health and hygiene needs. With Radio City, I am confident we will be able to reach the most vulnerable.” 

Speaking on this collaborationMr Kartik Kalla, Chief Creative Officer, Radio City saidWe are committed to supporting the Government and various NGOs in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. For the last two months, through various other initiatives, we have been providing relief and support measures across the country. This is first of its kind collaboration with Plan India where we are not only raising funds but making sure that the issues of girls and young women are also addressed. Through the power of our RJ’s we hope to reach out to as many people as possible and raise maximum funds to support more girls and women from vulnerable familiesRadio City continues to be a front runner in terms of lending support to developmental causes. Last year during the International Day of the Girl, Radio City let a young changemaker Ruby from Plan India’s Delhi programme areatake over Radio City’s RJ Ginnie’s breakfast show, Suno Na Dilli, to raise awareness on girls’ rights. 

Plan India’s COVID-19 response focuses on communicating public health information, distributing hygiene kits, dry ration kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), while ensuring that the needs and rights of girls and young women are addressed. 

Through the outreach, Plan India has so far supported 65,000 families, meeting the urgent needs of 260,000 people on the ground. We are committed to reaching 50,000 more families with dry ration and hygiene kits. Plan India is also supporting the initiative of national agencies like Niti Aayog, National Disaster Management Authority and Ministry of Home Affairs to name a few. The organisation also engages with local government agencies, civil society organisations, donors and healthcare experts to ensure that correct messages and immediate relief measures reach the affected so as to keep them healthy and protected during this pandemic. 

Plan India believes that the nature and scale of the ongoing crisis make it of critical importance that governments, civil society organisations and corporates undertake strategic and collaborative actions spanning both, public health and humanitarian domains. Their focus must be on bolstering public health efforts to contain the COVID-19 disease; and minimising disruptions and humanitarian fallout on poor people’s livelihoods, education of children, safety and protection of girls and young women.  

Plan India   

Plan India is a nationally registered NGO striving to advance girl child rights and equality for girls, thus creating a lasting impact in lives of the vulnerable and excluded along with their communities.  

Plan India is active in 24 states and has been working with its NGO partners to improve the lives of millions of children, their families and communities by enabling access to protection, quality education and healthcare services, a healthy environment, livelihood opportunities, and participation in decisions which affect their lives. Plan India is a member of the Plan International Federation, an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances girls rights and equality for girls. Plan International is active in more than 70 countries. 

Radio City  

Radio City, a part of Music Broadcast Limited (MBL) is a subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan Ltd. Being the first FM radio broadcaster in India and with over 18 years of expertise in the radio industry, Radio City has consistently been the number one radio station in Bengaluru and Mumbai with 24.5% and 15.4% average listenership share respectively. (Source: RAM Data, TG: 12+ Period: Week 1, 2013 to Week 11, 2020). Radio City Delhi ranks #2 with 13.5% average listenership share (Source: RAM Data, TG: 12+ Period: Week 1, 2019 to Week 11, 2020).  

Music Broadcast Limited currently has 39 stations across 12 states, comprising 62% of the country’s FM population. Radio City reaches out to over 69 million listeners in 34 cities covered by AZ Research 2019 (Source: AZ Research Report). The network provides terrestrial programming along with 17 other web-stations, through its digital interface, www.radiocity.in.   

Radio City has spearheaded the evolution of FM radio by offering content that is unique, path-breaking and invokes city passion amongst listeners with its brand philosophy of “Rag Rag Mein Daude City”. The network introduced humour and the concept of agony aunt on the radio with Babber Sher and Love Guru respectively. It also initiated Radio City Freedom Awards, a platform to recognize independent music and provided a launchpad to budding singers with Radio City Super Singer, the first singing talent hunt on the radio.  

Radio City bagged 85 awards across national and international platforms like Golden Mikes, India Radio Forum, New York awards, ACEF awards etc. in FY 2019-2020. Radio City has consistently featured for the 7th time in ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ study conducted by Great Place to Work Institute. Radio City has also been recognized in ‘India’s Best Workplaces for Women – 2019’ and has ranked amongst the Top 75 organizations on the list. In 2020, Radio City ranked 4th in ‘Best Large Workplaces in Asia’, according to the GPTW survey.