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SOURCE: THE KASHMIR MONITOR

After restoring 4G mobile internet services in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts, the Centre is mulling to permit restoration of high-speed internet in more districts of Jammu and Kashmir after October 15, according to report published in ET.

4G services have been restored in two districts –Ganderbal and Udhampur, on trial foundation by the State administration, in August this yr, more than a yr after they have been suspended.

Officials mentioned restoration of excessive velocity web companies shall be achieved in a calibrated method with strict monitoring and periodical evaluate by security agencies. “Districts reporting low violence and not near the Line of Control (LOC) shall be thought of, on precedence,” they added. In August final yr, the Union authorities abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the State into two UTs — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. To curb incidents of violence, 4G companies have been suspended as nicely.

The Centre in January this yr restored 2G companies and later introduced the establishing of a particular committee on the instructions of the Supreme Court to look at the resumption of 4G web. After a number of rounds of listening to earlier than the SC, the centre in August 2020 knowledgeable the apex courtroom that the panel has determined to permit web on trial foundation in restricted areas of the UT after August 15. The excessive powered committee headed by union residence secretary Ajay Bhalla is prone to maintain one other detailed evaluate of the state of affairs earlier than October 15.

While many companies have backed the choice for full restoration of 4G companies throughout J&Okay, MHA officers are opposed for an entire resumption of the web as a result of fears of “misuse”, defined a senior authorities official. Newly appointed LG Manoj Sinha, nonetheless, has assured that the matter (on 4G) is being examined very significantly.