High speed Internet in Jammu and Kashmir has been suspended since August 5, 2019 when the Centre announced revocation of its special status and bifurcation of the state into union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The administration claimed the restrictions on high-speed internet haven’t adversely impacted the efforts of the government towards Covid-19 control, education and business activities.
The councillors say the border residents of Ladakh 'deeply respect and support the security parameters and subsequent action carried out by the government' but urged the government to restore the telecommunication services.
Ordering restoration of 2G internet services, Principal Secretary, Home Shaleen Kabra maintained that high-speed internet can be used by inimical elements to coordinate terror attacks or incite people by circulating propaganda material.
The continuous suspension of the mobile internet service has impacted the work of students, doctors, media persons and patients.
The submissions were made in response to a plea filed by Foundation for Media Professionals seeking restoration of 4G internet services in the union territory in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
For past few weeks, several fake orders had come up on social media, claiming that government had restored 4G internet services in the valley.
Amnesty India also called for the restoration of 4G Internet services, saying people should have full access to health and safety-related information.
Earlier, only access to white-listed sites was allowed after the services were restored for a week on January 25 and subsequently extended from time to time.
A police spokesperson said that the FIR has been registered after taking cognisance of social media posts by 'miscreants' through different VPNs.
A EU spokesperson noted the restrictions remaining on internet and mobile services as well as detention of political leaders.
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More and more Kashmiris have been using VPN apps to breach the ban on social media and other websites. However, the government says it is not worried.
Access shall be limited only on whitelisted sites and social media applications will continue to remain out of bounds for the Valley's residents.
VK Saraswat said the internet blockade in Kashmir for over five months didn't have a significant effect on the economy.
The government has also made entertainment websites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HotStar, Sony Liv, etc. accessible.
The services on prepaid mobile phones were barred on August 4 last year in wake of the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370.
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