J&K leads at least in one thing; we are leaders of govt-ordered internet gag: Omar

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Srinagar, Sep 21 (UNI) Taking a jibe at the government over a report in which Jammu and Kashmir tops the list of administration-ordered shutdown this year, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said, ‘J&K leads the country in at least one thing’.

“J&K leads the country in at least one thing – we are the leaders of Govt ordered Internet Shutdowns,” Mr Abdullah, who is the working president of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter. Abdullah was reacting to a report which shows that internet has been curbed by the state government 53 times followed by Rajasthan with 14 gags in 2017.

However, the frequent gag has badly affected students, professional, besides media persons in the valley, where some small scale IT companies, who provided services to different MNCs, had to relocated to Delhi or Bangalore fearing losing business.

“It is frustrating when the internet goes off without any warning in the name of security. I work for an MNC and meeting deadlines is very important. But, there are times I miss them because of gag on the internet. Now these suspensions have become a frequent thing. If it continues, I will have no option but to relocate to somewhere else and that will be a shame because I wanted to do something for my state and help in generating employment,” said Irfan Saleem, who working as a medical transcriptionist for a Delhi based company. Mr Saleem has postponed setting up of a medical transcription unit in the valley in view of the frequent internet curbs.

The mobile internet services for post-paid connections was suspended for about five months last year following violence triggered by the death of HM commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. Similarly, mobile internet services for prepaid connections were restored in Kashmir on January 27, six months after they were suspended.

 

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