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All eyes on Govt as 4G suspension order ends today

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Srinagar: Most of Kashmir is again pinning hopes on restoration of high-speed mobile internet as yet another extension of government’s existing order on 2G ends today.

On April 3, the government had extended the ban on high-speed 4G internet claiming it was “absolutely necessary to do so in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India.”

 

“The directions shall be effective immediately and remain in force upto 15th April, 2020, unless modified earlier,” read the order then signed by Principal Secretary to Government, Shaleen Kabra.

The service has been blocked since August last year when the government of India abrogated Article 370 and divided J&K into two union territories.

Several noted persons in academia and medical sectors in Kashmir have called for restoration of 4G services so that doctors, students and the general public do not face the hassles in accessing information during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Medics have clearly expressed their inability to download and access journals and other important information that can prove cardinal in their effort to treat and contain this virus.

Similarly, students too have lost the opportunity to go for online classes amid the current lockdown.

In this regard, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to restore 4G internet speed in the Union Territory.