4G for two J&K districts after I-Day on trial basis

Ruben Fields
August 14, 2020

They recommended opening up of 4G in specified areas of low intensity terrorist activities, not on global border even in the trial basis.

The Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday (August 11) that a review committee has decided that 4G internet services will be allowed on a trial basis in one district each in Jammu and one in the Kashmir valley after August 15. The special committee will assesses impact in a calibrated manner.

Justice NV Raman, Justice R.V. Subhash Reddy and Justice B.C. R. Gavai's bench was received from the Center by Attorney General K.K. K. Venugopal gave this information.

In its August 10 meeting, the high powered committee decided that immediate lifting of restrictions on high speed internet is not possible.

Restoration of 4G Internet services will be done in one district each in Jammu and Kashmir on a trial basis for two months, Venugopal said, adding the relaxation in restrictions will come into effect after August 15. The relaxation will be on a trial basis, which will be reviewed for two months.

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"Whatever review was done or will be done, it must be in the public domain", senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing petitioner Forum for Media Professionals, said. "We find there is no case made out to proceed further in this contempt petition, and the same is accordingly closed", the bench said. Such areas should be away from the Line-of-Control (LoC) and should have "low threshold of terrorist activities", he said.

In August a year ago, the Center had announced the abolition of the important status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories.

Jammu: Central Government has taken an important decision regarding the restoration of 4G mobile Internet service in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 28, the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration had told the top court that it will verify reported statements made by Murmu and BJP leader Ram Madhav that 4G Internet service can be restored in the Union Territory, and sought time to file a reply to the rejoinder affidavit filed by an NGO.

Three days after taking over as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha on Monday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu here.

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