Prepaid mobile phone services to be restored in Jammu and Kashmir

SMS voice calls on prepaid mobile connections back in J&K

He also listed some significant decisions taken by the government in the last five months, saying this has happened for the first time in history that a whole cabinet is meeting common people at their doorsteps to listen to their grievances and seeking their feedback for effective implementation of different policies and initiatives. In a three-page order, the administration directed service providers to give broadband facilities (with Mac binding) to hospitals, banks, and government offices. If any person says something like this, it speaks a volume about his mind capacity.

"We condemn these remarks".

Jammu and Kashmir has no internet connectivity since August 5, 2019.

Ashiq said the Union Territory is going through a very hard and challenging phase and people like Saraswat at the NITI Aayog can do no justice to Jammu and Kashmir and demanded his immediate sacking.

Saraswat said the reason for suspending internet services in Jammu and Kashmir was to prevent certain elements from misusing information.

The government Saturday announced restoration of prepaid mobile connections in Kashmir while 2G internet services would be resumed in twin north Kashmir districts after remaining disconnected since August 5 previous year.

Earlier on Saturday, Saraswat, a former chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), while speaking at an event in Gandhinagar, Gujarat had justified internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it was being used in the Valley for watching 'dirty films, ' even as he said that the suspension of services there 'did not have a significant impact on the economy'.

Telecom services were shut in the entire Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status to the erstwhile state and also bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

"This man is a member of the NITI Aayog". Reacting to this, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury has slammed Saraswat and said that he "needs to read the Constitution to update himself, and can start with the Preamble".

"They (politicians) use social media to fuel protests".

He called for the issues there to be resolved "democratically".

Mr. Saraswat also said that protests like those against the Citizenship Amendment Act and in JNU affect the economy.

"The losses are affecting the economy". We are giving people money, but there is no output from them.

This got the BJP government criticism from within India and also from human rights bodies.

The NITI Aayog member further spoke about the condition of the economy in the country and said that the "economy around the world, including America, China and other big countries" was on the downward slide.



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