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Union Govt weighing every step meticulously, situation being keenly watched
Mobile telephony, Internet not to be restored in Kashmir anytime soon
9/19/2019 10:46:52 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 19: The union government seems to be in no mood to lift curbs on communications which include mobile telephony and internet services in Kashmir which were snapped on August 5
As per the reports coming to the fore, the government apprehends that if mobile telephony services are restored in Kashmir valley, it has the tendency to fuel rumours and give rise to the protests and therefore there are least chances that the services could be restored anytime soon.
In the similar manner, the restoration of internet services seems out of the question for at least coming six months from now on. However, if insiders are to be believed, the internet kiosks will be established in some parts of Kashmir so that students and traders could avail the facility and do not face any difficulty in their respective works.
Apprehending large scale protests, the government soon after taking the decision of scrapping Jammu and Kashmir's special status, clamped down curfew all across. It has been the 46th day and roads are wearing a deserted look, devoid of any normal human activities. Mobile and landline services were shut and internet services have blocked. More than 4000 people including politicians of opposition groups, human rights activists and separatists have been detained by the government. Functioning of schools, universities, colleges, government offices, business establishments continues to remain affected at large. Though the government earlier tried to make attempts to restore normalcy and open schools, the efforts elicited no positive response from the common masses apprehending blockade of mobile and internet.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday in an interview with New Delhi based news organisation claimed that restrictions have been eased in all police stations and at present there are only eight police stations where restrictions are in place. He furthermore refused to comment over whether there will be easing out of the restrictions anytime soon. The home minister further termed the communication gag as "nothing new" and maintained that the measures have been taken to prevent law an order disruption.
"There has to be an assessment of law and order and the ground situation before any measure aimed at restoring the communication services is taken in Kashmir. There are however chances that the mobile phone services in selected districts may be restored in same way as landlines phones were restored," says an official.
An estimated 50 thousand landline phones were restored in a phased manner in Kashmir earlier this month with ground assessment made thoroughly. The landline phones were restored only after it was ensured that those exchanges will be made functional where there was minimal disruption of law and order.
Meanwhile, if reports are to be believed, similar acton plan may be implemented for the restoration of the mobile telephony in Kashmir. Mobile services, after at least a month, will be restored only in those districts where law and order has been of least concern for the state administration.
An official told Early Times that during the recent review meeting, the issue of restoration of mobile telephony was discussed and there are least chances that the service will be restored in entirety anytime soon.
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