Internet blockade in Budgam puts students in distress

Internet blockade in Budgam puts students in distress

BUDGAM: Internet blockade in Budgam district over past several days is taking a toll on students and businessmen, who are appealing authorities to restore the services at the earliest.
On Sunday, internet services were snapped in Budgam district and have not been restored yet.
Students preparing for entrance examinations for postgraduate, undergraduate courses and competitive tests complained they are facing lot of inconvenience as the internet is main source for the preparations today.
Sheikh Gulzar, an educationist said, “21st century is believed to be the age of communication which has become a spine in the human civilisation nowadays”.
“Every sect of society; be it education, health, weather or media, every field heavily relies on internet directly or indirectly. But in Kashmir any trivial incident leads to the suspension of internet.”
He said the blockade make the entire society suffer.
“Students preparing for exams, teachers enhancing their potential and media providing latest updates across the district are terribly hit by the unwise and uncalled blockade of internet,” Gulzar said.
“We as a part of society strongly disapprove this deprivation of resource and want that internet should be restored without further delay,” he added.
A group of aggrieved students said they were unable to prepare for various exams scheduled at the end of the month due to internet blockade. They said the government has put their careers at stake by suspending the internet service time and again.
“In present times, internet is of great importance. One fails to understand why state is always hell bent to block internet services in the valley,” Parray Shakir Mushtaq, a student said,.
“I think the internet must serve as a tool to stop rumours from spreading but unfortunately authorities here think otherwise,” he added.