Srinagar, Jan 11: Pre-paid mobile and internet service remained suspended as a precautionary measure in Kashmir valley since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories (UTs).
However, yesterday’s Supreme Court order directing authorities to review the ban on internet with seven days has generated hope among the people, particularly media persons, doctors, students and traders besides other professionals.
The government snapped all communication network in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. However, landline and mobile phones besides broadband internet services were restored in Jammu and Ladakh after about a week though people in Kashmir were not so lucky who continued to suffer.
Later, after about a month, government restored landline phones in Kashmir following criticism as people could not contact their children studying outside the valley. Even people within the valley also could not contact each other. The authorities later restored post-paid mobile phones in October and recently Short Service Messages (SSM).
However, internet service remained suspended, badly affecting students who find it difficult to apply for admission in outside the state colleges besides applying for scholarship.
Media persons were also among the badly hit as they had to file their stories to their respective organisation from a 'facilitation centre' set up in Information department where a journalist had to wait for hours before getting his or her turn.
Doctors were also hit as a number of helpline centres had to be closed where patients were being provided assistance through Whatsapp and internet before reaching to hospitals.
Traders also could not file their returns and put orders outside traders, badly hitting their business. (UNI)