Centre Allows 4G Services To Resume In Two Jammu And Kashmir Districts
High-speed internet has been suspended since abrogation of Article 370 last year.
More than a year after internet services were suspended in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370, 4G connectivity is all set to return to the Union Territory after August 15. Two districts, one each from the regions of Jammu and Kashmir have been chosen for the deployment of 4G services, according to what the Central Government told the Supreme Court today. This relaxation, however, will not take place in any area adjoining the Line of Control, the Centre has said.
Last week, the Supreme Court had asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to restore 4G services in certain areas. Attorney General KK Venugopal, who was representing the Centre, said that this restoration of 4G services will be on a trial basis. He also argued that the internet restrictions in the Union Territory are not posing any hindrance to coronavirus care, education or business. On August 5 last year, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh. To prevent dissent against this decision, several politicians and activists were jailed, a perpetual curfew was issued and internet services were suspended.
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