4G restoration: Poonch resident and former VC petitions NHRC
Jammu, Mar 30: Former
Vice Chancellor of Sai Nath University, Ranchi and a native of Poonch, Dr
Shazad Ahmed Malik has filed a petition with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
demanding restoration of high-speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir.
In his six-page long petition, a copy of which is with the Kashmir
Monitor, the former VC has arrayed Union Home Secretary, Principal Secretary
Home, J&K Union Territory and Chief General Manager, BSNL J&K Circle as
party respondents to the plea.
In his submission before the NHRC, Dr Malik has sought
direction for the first two respondents for restoration of high speed mobile
internet facility in the J&K.
The plea also urged the NHRC to direct BSNL for publicizing
its policy in issuing new landline internet connections to people and alleged
that there was lack of transparency in BSNL while installing connections.
“High profile and people having high approach are provided
connections by the BSNL and ordinary people are made to wait for months
together,” he pointed out.
In the plea, the former VC has stated that in wake of the 21
day lockdown announced by PM Narendra Modi to contain COVID-19 pandemic, the people
of Jammu and Kashmir are following all instructions and guidelines issued by
the central government and the local administration.
“The situation in other parts of the country and here in
J&K is different because in other states of India, the students, teachers,
medical professional, the religious preachers benefit from high speed internet
and have started e-classes and formed social groups online.”
Moreover, he said, in absence of 4G internet facility, the
medical professionals are the worst sufferers as they are not able to even have
access to the website and applications of World Health Organization, Ministry
of Health, government of India and other local websites related to UT
government or districts’ administration.
In the petition, he has also suggested that instead of
taking police zones of Kashmir and Jammu as units to access the security
situation vis-à-vis restoration of 4G internet, the authorities may try
districts and areas as units to access and then in phased manner restore high speed
mobile internet in Jammu and Kashmir.