Tarigami condemns sporadic internet shutdown

Tarigami condemns sporadic internet shutdown
Many areas across Kashmir are witnessing phased Internet shutdown, reports say.File/ GK

Srinagar: CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday said that the decision of the administration to shut down the internet sporadically in several parts of Srinagar and other areas of Kashmir had once again brought back painful memories of communication blockade imposed in Kashmir on 5 August 2019 which was fully lifted after a year and a half.

A statement of CPI (M) issued here quoted Tarigami as saying that internet access is shut for most of the day in these areas and services resume mostly after 10 pm when they are least required.

“This has hugely impacted students, who are not able to attend their online classes as the internet remains shut down during day hours,” he said. “People including businessmen, doctors, media personnel and other professionals are also suffering immensely due to the sporadic shutdown of internet services.”

Tarigami said that the 2019 communication blockade led to huge economic losses and unemployment and cost the Kashmiri economy thousands of crores of rupees while thousands of people lost livelihood.

“The latest curbs on the internet are bound to aggravate the situation,” he said.

Tarigami said that the curbs on 4G internet services in Kashmir were contrary to the government’s claims of creating opportunities for all citizens by harnessing digital technologies through the Digital India initiative.

“It is high time that internet services are restored throughout Kashmir without further delay,” he said.

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