4G OFF but J&K Jio subscribers have shelled Rs 403 crore since August

Srinagar: Since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, the over 30 lakh subscriber base Reliance Jio has in J&K has paid around Rs 400 crore in bills and recharges without actually getting full services.

A rough estimate of around 33.56 lakh Jio subscribers in J&K (as per January 2019 TRAI data) shows each subscriber shelling at least Rs 150 a month.

The Kashmir Monitor spoke to over a dozen shopkeepers running recharge kiosks in Srinagar and Anantnag districts.

All of them said that majority of the subscribers went for 199 and 129 packs with the former offering 1.5 gigabytes of 4G data for 28 days with unlimited calling, while the latter offers 2 gigabytes of 4G data for 28 days with unlimited calling.

Estimates show that on an average, each of the subscribers paid Rs 150 every 28 days. It amounts to a whopping Rs 50,34,49,950 (Rs 50.34 crore) per month.

Since August 2019 when 4G was suspended in the erstwhile state, the subscribers have thus paid a staggering Rs 4027599600 (402.75 crore) till March 2020.

The amount was paid without the users actually getting the prime service they initially subscribed for: high speed internet.

The authorities have repeatedly extended the ban on 4G mobile internet in J&K even as Kashmir, like the rest of the world, is grappling with coronavirus pandemic.

The J&K administration on April 3 extended the ban on high-speed internet till April 15 citing the new domicile law as one of the reasons, in spite of the rights groups and civil society members demanding its restoration in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

There are at least two petitions in Supreme Court right now questioning the ban and seeking restoration of the service.

In one of it, the apex court on Thursday asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to file their responses to the plea.

The petition, filed by the Foundation for Media Professionals, said suspending high-speed internet was violative of a citizen’s right to equality, freedom of speech and right to life, guaranteed in the Constitution.

Another PIL has been moved in by Private Schools Association, Jammu & Kashmir (PSAJK) contending that the lack of 4G connectivity for internet is infringing the fundamental right to education.

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17 comments

  1. Khusron ki tarah Kyun Aik dusre ki maa baap ko gaalian DE rahe ho,Sharam karo Aik toh bimari me gairay hua hai tumhen saala
    Atankwadi aur kya kya sooj raha hai,”RSS ke gundon ko kaun nahin jaanta.Hizron ki tarah hamla karna purani inki Aadat”

  2. Kashmiris r treated second class citizens. There is no justice for them. Bjp had made hindustan into sanghistan. That is main reason so much poison is spewed against Muslims particularly against kashmiris . If it will remain like that it consequences will be far reaching. Instead of bringing peace and prosperity they have brought Death and destruction.
    May good sense prevail to those arrogant who r supporting this hatred policy against kashmiris

  3. But jio has lost 200 crore almost in between 6 months in Jammu and Kashmir, over all jio has lost too much, reason telecom war,,,why i am using jio,,i am advice don’t you jio because,so costly and destroyed five telecom companies like aircel , Vodafone,idea, airtel,lost so much jobs……… one day jii will be finished…

  4. Teri gaand kyu phati hai RSS se bhosdi ke….Bhenchoodo itne sare jihadi snghathan bana rakhe ho attanwaad machane ke liye…tab kya muh me apna lauda le lete ho…Sale Terrorist…

  5. Gau mutr pi ke paida huye ho tum Loag feku Godi media ke Randian Loag Thu tumhari is sarkar pe Jo Nafrat ki Rajneeti karte hai aor Yeh Godi Media Kutte Ki tarah Bhonkte Rehte He ….
    …….. . . . .. . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . Na Samjhoge To Mit Jaoge Ae Hindustan Walo . Tumhari Dastaan Ma Rahegi Dataanu Me. . . . . . . . . .Insha Allah ….

  6. First of all if network is not working why they want to recharge. If that is addressed, We don’t need to worry about anything else like this.

    1. You know one thing every indian who talk like this are illiterate they have half knowledge about kashmir and they pretend like we know everything about kashmir.

  7. Hey shut up ! When you don’t know things then you should stay quiet. Who the hell told you kashmiris are hindu haters? Just go and die somewhere,you don’t deserve to live… Moreover there is no need to bother for us, ALLAH is enough for us. And Allah will punish all those who kill innocent muslims all over the world including kashmiris… And those who have taken away all the fundamental rights of kashmiris…

    1. Hey shut up ! When you don’t know things then you should stay quiet. Who the hell told you kashmiris are hindu haters? Just go and die somewhere,you don’t deserve to live… Moreover there is no need to bother for us, ALLAH is enough for us. And Allah will punish all those who kill innocent muslims all over the world including kashmiris… And those who have taken away all the fundamental rights of kashmiris…

  8. You are one of the bastard among the Godi media of India, You like bastard have little knowledge of Kashmir, so you RSS bhakt should keep mum otherwise u will b treated as ashole

  9. So why should one bother ? These Kashmiri a$$holes themselves are responsible for this treatment. Kashmiri muslims are traitors and Hindu haters, whatever is happening with them is done by allah for killing innocent Kashmiri Jindu1 Pandits.

    1. You are one of the bastard among the Godi media of India, You like bastard have little knowledge of Kashmir, so you RSS bhakt should keep mum, bosde ke

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