4G for two J&K districts after I-Day on trial basis

Yolanda Curtis
August 14, 2020

"It is a good stand", said the Bench expressing the hope that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir will improve and the access to high speed Internet can then be extended to other areas as well.

The centre said that the areas which will get the 4G internet will be those which have the alow intensity of terrorist activities.

High-speed internet services will be allowed in one district each in Jammu and Kashmir after 15 August on a trial basis, the Narendra Modi government said on Tuesday in its latest submission to the Supreme Court.

"The special committee will assess the impact in a calibrated manner".

The stance against resumption of 4G services came against the backdrop of reported remarks of the former J&K LG that the government could consider lifting the ban - a statement that had engaged the attention of the apex court. "Given the current security scenario situation, it is not yet conducive to restore high speed Internet access to mobile phones", Venugopal told the bench also comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and B.R. Gavai.

"A carefully calibrated easing of some restrictions in limited and specified geographical areas" can be attempted on trial basis, the committee has said, adding that areas near the worldwide border or Line of Control (LoC) will not be included in this, the affidavit says.

"The Center today submitted to the Supreme Court that a Committee is considering as to whether allowing 4G internet access on a trial basis in one district in Jammu and one in Kashmir or not". "In view of the additional affidavit dated 10-8-2020 and upon hearing the learned Attorney General, learned Solicitor General and the learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioner, we find there is no case made out to proceed further in this contempt petition, and the same is accordingly closed", it said.

An NGO called Foundation for Media Professionals had approached the Supreme Court for contempt action against the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the centre for not implementing the top court's orders in restoring 4G internet services.

The Court, last week, had asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services.

On Friday, Sinha took oath as the second Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory at the Raj Bhavan in place of GC Murmu, who has been appointed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.

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