Govt to lift 4G ban in J&K on trial basis after August 15

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The Central Government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the Committee which is reviewing the restoration of 4G internet service, is considering to allow it on one district each of Jammu and Kashmir on a trial basis after August 15.

” The Committee is considering as to whether to allow 4G internet access on a trial basis in one district in Jammu and one in Kashmir or not,” the Centre told a three-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing the Union of India, said, ” Various options considered keeping in mind border security. The committee is of the view that the threat perception in Jammu and Kashmir continues to be high. Internet restrictions are not posing any hindrance to COVID care, education or business,” he said.

Looking at the current scenario, the situation is not yet conducive ri restore high-speed internet access to mobile phones.

The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt petition filed by an NGO named Foundation for Media Professionals seeking the restoration of 4G internet services in J&K.