Officers give positive feedback to Lt Guv: Hopes brighten for internet restoration in Kashmir
11: Hopes have brightened for the
restoration of broadband internet services after district authorities gave a positive
feedback to Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on the overall security
situation in the valley.
This followed the
Supreme Court’s directives to Jammu and Kashmir administration to review all
the curbs within a week.
meeting with district development commissioners and district police chiefs
through video conference, Murmu had a detailed discussion on the overall
security environment prevailing in the valley. This was the first security
review meeting in which SSPs and DCs gave their feedback on the restoration of
internet facility post August 5.
was held with district police chiefs and other senior officers of police
department. They gave their positive feedback about immediate internet
restoration to essential services in Kashmir. It was decided that internet
services to be restored in a phased manner,” a source privy to the meeting
The source said
some officials were reluctant to restore broadband to general public before
January 26. “Some suggested that internet services shall be restored within a
week to essential services. Post January 26, services can be restored to
others,” the source said.
One of the DCs
said officers were unanimous that broadband internet shall be restored to
essential services in the first phase. “It was also discussed how to monitor
the internet especially in south Kashmir,” he said.
The DC however
said mobile internet won’t be restored for a time being. “For at least two
months, mobile internet is unlikely to be restored in Kashmir,” the DC said.
Sources said the
government will hold few more meetings with officials before taking a final
call on the restoration of internet. Final decision, sources said, is likely to
be taken by Thursday.
administration has decided to review of all the issues in the wake of the Apex
Court’s directives. It has rekindled hope that internet services may be
restored after five months.
In its verdict,
the Supreme Court said access to internet is a fundamental right under Article
19 of the Constitution and asked the J&K administration to review all
orders imposing curbs in the new Union Territory.
A five bench
judge headed by Justice N V Ramana asked J&K administration to restore
internet services in institutions providing essential services like hospitals
and educational places.
were snapped across Kashmir on August 5. Since then all sectors have been badly
affected. The internet restoration was
also raked by politicians with envoys of 15 countries who visited Kashmir on