‘#Restore4G’ Campaign Returns, As SC Sends Notice To Raj Bhavan

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Srinagar- The Supreme Court of India on Thursday issued notice to the government of union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) regarding the restoration of high-speed internet in the region.

The repeated demands for 4G restoration, even raised by the veteran politicians like Farooq Abdullah and other civil society members have so far been brushed aside in the name of security situation in J&K.

However, Thursday’s judicial intervention curtly recreated the online demand for the restoration of the high-speed internet services in J&K.

Twitter users while expressing optimism over the SC announcement restarted the restoration campaign.

In the current global pandemic lockdown, when various the world governments are encouraging people to work from home and promoting online classes for students, Kashmiris are grappling with the slow speed of 2G internet services.

4G internet services remain suspended in J&K since last August, when New Delhi scrapped the special status of the erstwhile state and downgraded it into two union territories.

While the broadband and 2G services were restored early this year, amid the mounting international pressure and bad press, the high-speed internet mandatory for the online businesses, education, research and other purposes remains suspended in the name of security.

To reiterate the demand, the netizens riding on the SC notice used hashtags like #Restore4GinJammuKashmir, #Restore4GinKashmir, #Internetban, #Kashmir, #4Grestoration and #Internet.

The #4G hashtag is still not among the top trending hashtags, but more and more users have started using this hashtag to express their views on the development.

Indian Apex Court has given a week’s time to the J&K government to clear its position on the matter.

Already, eight months have passed since the region first witnessed communication gag to curb any sign of protest against New Delhi’s “unilateral decision”. While the restrictions have been eased out in a phased manner, the 4G internet continues to face blockade.

With the latest SC’s intervention, many in Kashmir feel that the services they last used in August 2019 might return soon to pace up their lives.

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