Jagmohan Raina urged Lt. Governor to take a call in view of SC directions

SRINAGAR, September 11: Apni Party provincial vice president Kashmir on Friday said the continuation of ban on 4G high speed mobile internet services belies the government claims about its seriousness in addressing the suffering of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

 In a statement issued here, Raina said at a time when people of J&K are facing immense hardships because of COVID pandemic, the government is unfortunately drawing sadistic pleasure from extending the inhuman restrictions on internet services in this part of the world.

 “The government’s security apprehensions may be true to some extent but they are completely unjustifiable for continuous suspension of the 4G internet services,” Raina observed, adding that in this time of health crisis, the J&K youth are unable to work from home or avail online classes because of snails speed provided by 2G internet services. “The situation has turned grimmer because of limited fixed line internet penetration in J&K.”

 Apni Party leader remarked that a number of youth who had shifted back to their homes from various parts of the country or outside India because of CIVID are compelled to return because of the inaccessibility to the high speed internet services in their homes.

 “I know it personally that many youth including our near and dear ones have left their homes amid this deadly pandemic only because they are not able to do work from home or avail online classes of their colleges and universities,” Raina added.

 The Apni Party leader said that it is highly ironic that the government has continued with high-speed internet facility in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts and in rest of the J&K, it is applying different yardsticks. “While it is appreciable that 4G internet has not been snapped in Ganderbal and Udhampur after so called trial basis; suspending this facility in other districts is a cruel joke with the people,” he said.

 Raina urged the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to take a call on the matter in light of the Honb’le Supreme Court directions and order restoration of 4G internet services in entire J&K so as to redress the miseries of people.