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Restoration of 4G seems like a mirage in deserts: Harsh Dev
1/23/2021 11:28:06 PM
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JAMMU, Jan 23: "When the 4G mobile services were banned on August 5, 2019, it was assured that they would soon be restored. The authorities claimed that it was a 'temporary' measure to curb the abuse of internet facility by disruptive elements posts Art 370 abrogation. While 18 months have elapsed, the restoration of the said facility appears to be a distant dream with the authorities concerned extending the deadline without giving any convincing explanation. The govt seemed to be completely unconcerned with the woes of varied sections who have been suffered immensely due to unwarranted curbs on mobile internet services which had become a necessity in the contemporary world".
This was stated by Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP chairman while addressing a press conference in Jammu today. While the govt was extending the internet ban by 3-4 weeks at a time since August 5, 2019, it was not clear as to what exactly, was the length of this 'temporary' ban, rued Singh.
The assurances for restoring the facility were given by erstwhile Lt Governor GC Murmu also who had categorically stated that linking restoration of 4G with militancy escalation was a flawed premise. Not only that the present Lt Governor too had hinted at early lifting of the said ban but its extension yesterday to a further date had once again disappointed the common masses who felt that its restoration was akin to a mirage in the deserts", observed Singh.
Flaying the govt for prolonging the longest ever internet ban in the country, Harsh Dev said that it appeared to have taken the people of J&K for granted.
"Not only that the provision of 2G services by charging 4G prices amounted to a huge scam which could not have been possible without consent of the ruling dispensation. And all this notwithstanding the fact the social media had become an important tool of communication and social liasoning", regretted Singh.
The BJP has penned down its own obituary by its highhandedness and arrogance, its disregard for peoples' sentiments and its contempt for democratic principles and human values and shall meet its waterloo at the hustings", observed Singh.
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