J&K citizens suffer without internet facility : SRS

JAMMU: Rediculing BJP govt’s claims of making India digital and cashless. Shri Ram Sena on Wednesday said that the people of Jammu region has initially suffered with the blocking of mobile internet facility and now making joke with the region by providing 2G internet services in the era of 5G without any fault of theirs despite there is no such law and order problem which would force authorities to impose such curbs.

In a statement issued here, Shri Ram Sena J&K President Rajiv Mahajan expressed disappointment over PM Modi’s push to his Digital India programme, digital payment, no to cash saying that dream project of empowering the common man with the internet and transforming India into a digitally powerful society has come crashing down in Jammu region.

He said those who are deeply connected with Mobile internet for news, business and education have been robbed of their fundamental right to remain socially connected and updated about the happenings in the world of internet and social media.

“If you are dependent on internet, then you can’t have the liberty to excel in your academic career, take a job with a private IT company or even just watch a series of your choice” he said, adding the media has been badly hit during the ongoing communication blockade.

Mahajan further said that long queues can be witnessed outside Banks and taking even full day for pay one installment which otherwise can be paid within minutes through e-banking. Digital banking was introduced in J&K few years ago in an effort to reduce footfall in banks and increase online transactions.

Online banking done through cards and apps was hailed as a step towards a cashless economy but mobile internet blockade has badly defeated that very purpose, Mahajan said.

The internet is like the oxygen in today’s time which has been sucked out of Jammu as more and more  people  are connected with it and utilizing these sectors for their need have been badly hit unnecessarily and definitely without any logic.

The prolonged ban has given a huge financial jolt to the Jammu’s economy. “I have never seen such a brutal face of administration with regard for dignified employment, labour and business,” added Mahajan.

While traders are facing difficulties in submitting the GST returns on time, students are facing trouble in submitting their forms online. The blockade has disrupted all online activity including the booking of flights and hotel reservations and hundreds of students have not been able to register for admissions outside J&K for different courses.

 “In today’s times it is unimaginable to think of life without internet, we have been pushed to stone-age,” Mahajan said and demanded restoration of internet across Jammu and Kashmir.

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