Altaf Bukhari urges Centre to restore 4G Internet in J&K

Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) President Altaf Bukhari on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to restore high speed internet service, one of the prerequisites, in taking up preventive measures against spread of coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement Bukhari said restoration of 4G mobile internet services i would enable people especially students, businessmen and employees to remain engaged inside their homes, thereby effectively containing Covid-19.

He said as Covid-19 spreads at an alarming rate, the public health officials have called for minimal public gatherings, which is pushing many activities online.

“The issue is particularly severe for schools, where risk of spreading the disease is high,” he said, adding since all schools, colleges and universities were closed as a result of coronavirus outbreak, students were missing classes, creating an unparalleled education disruption in the region.

“The novel coronavirus outbreak has posed a serious challenge to our children to cope up with their counterparts in the country who enjoy all other educational facilities including high speed mobile internet,” Bukhari said.

Similarly, he said, the business community and a large section of people who were working in the private sector were unable to do their businesses or duties as usual.

Bukhari expressed hope that restoration of high speed internet will go a long way in easing out the situation not only for the home confined youth in their pursuit of career advancement as also in their academic odyssey but for the business community and vast majority working in the private sector.

Bukhari appreciated measures for social distancing being put in place by J&K administration and asked people to abide by the directions in the larger interest of the society.