No Civilian Was Aware About August 5 Move: GOI

CRPF men stand guard at a closed market during lockdown in Srinagar after the abrogation of Article 370 | KO File Photo: Abid Bhat

New Delhi- The government on Wednesday denied that civilians, including a journalist, were privy to information related to the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Central government got the approval of Parliament on August 5, 2019 for the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

No sir, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told the Rajya Sabha when asked whether civilians, including a journalist, were privy to knowledge about the abrogation of Article 370 prior to the information being shared with Parliament on August 5, 2019.

Meanwhile, responding to a separate query by parliamentarians Vivek K. Tankha and Dr. Amee Yajnik regarding the resumption of high speed 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, Reddy said: “Considering the overall security scenario and in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir issues orders from time to time regulating telecom/internet services in the Jammu and Kashmir in terms of the applicable rules and the principles laid down and directions contained in the relevant judgments of the Supreme Court of India.”

He said the 4G internet services were restored in district of Ganderbal and Udhampur since 16.08.2020.

“Restrictions on mobile data service in all the remaining Districts of Jammu and Kashmir have been revoked by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir vide its order dated 05.02.2021,” he added.

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