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.
— AshishTripathi (@Ashtripathi13) April 9, 2020
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.
Supreme Court issues notice to the Jammu and Kashmir Administration on restoration of 4G services, gives them a week to respond. This comes after a PIL which said 2G speeds are not enough for virtual classes
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) April 9, 2020
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.
Is this a face saving week for JK admin or they really will come up with excuses after one week before the court!
— Sarkar Javaid (@SarkarJavaid) April 9, 2020
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.
— Kashmir covid-19 (@kashmir_19) April 9, 2020
To reiterate the demand, the netizens riding on the SC notice used hashtags like #Restore4GinJammuKashmir, #Restore4GinKashmir, #Internetban, #Kashmir, #4Grestoration and #Internet.
Finally good news from SC#Restore4GinJammuKashmir
— Sahil Bajgotra (@BajgotraSahil) April 9, 2020
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.
— Amreen Dev (@azaaliya) April 9, 2020
Indian Apex Court has given a week’s time to the J&K government to clear its position on the matter.
Beleive me , people have no faith on india as during such a situation when entire world is facing #COVIDー19 pandemic our doctors , paramedics, Administration , officials & even students r without #4g. This is really shameful and disgusting one.
— Javaid Banday☮️ (@javaidbanday) April 9, 2020
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.
— Aajaz Dar اعجاز ڈار (@Laamukk) April 9, 2020
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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