New Delhi, Nov 27: The government on Wednesday remained non-committal over the issue of restoring Internet facility in the Kashmir Valley.
When the House
was discussing issue of broadband and Internet facility in rural areas of the
country during Question Hour in Lok Sabha, National Conference MP Hasnain
Masoodi said Internet has not been available in the Kashmir Valley for the last
four months and asked when the facility will be restored.
Speaker Om Birla
said the matter is not in the domain of the Ministry of Electronics and
countered that he was asking a question on broadband and Internet facility.
With this, Union
minister of state for Electronics and Information Technology Sanjay Dhotre rose
to reply that due to the security reasons, some restrictions have been imposed
situation has improved a lot now,” Dhotre said, without giving any
indication when the Internet facility will be restored in Kashmir.
phones and all Internet services continued to remain suspended in Kashmir
Valley since 5 August when the Centre announced the decision to abrogate
Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two
The minister said
Internet is being currently accessed mainly through mobile wireless
technologies, which at present covers more than 95 per cent of the population
of the country.
As of June 2019,
the total number of Internet and broadband subscribers were 23.8 crore and 20.3
crore respectively in rural areas of the country, he said.
Dhotre said as
per data collected from the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in 2019, it is
estimated that out of total 5,97,618 inhabited villages (as per the Census
2011) in the country, 5,69,897 are covered by mobile services.
in remaining villages is being provided by the government and telecom service
providers in a phased manner
project is being implemented in a phased manner to provide broadband and Internet
connectivity to all Gram Panchayats (approximately 2,50,000) in the country.
“As on November 7, 2019, a total of 1,28,376 GPs have been made service ready,” he said.