Govt non-committal on restoring internet in Kashmir

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday remained non-committal over the issue of restoring Internet in Kashmir.
When the Lok Sabha was discussing issue of broadband and Internet facility in rural areas of the country during Question Hour in Lok Sabha, National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi said Internet has not been available in the
Kashmir Valley for the last four months and asked when the facility will be restored.
Speaker Om Birla said the matter is not in the domain of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
However, Masoodi countered that he was asking a question on broadband and Internet facility.
With this, Union minister of state for Electronics and Information Technology Sanjay Dhotre rose to reply that due to the security reasons, some restrictions have been imposed in Kashmir.
“The situation has improved a lot now,” Dhotre said, without giving any indication when the Internet facility will be restored in Kashmir.
Pre-paid mobile phones and all Internet services continued to remain suspended in Kashmir Valley since 5 August when the Centre announced the decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate Jammu and
Kashmir into two Union territories.
The minister said Internet is being currently accessed mainly through mobile wireless technologies, which at present covers more than 95 per cent of the population of the country.

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