Restore 4G Internet in J&K to help fight COVID-19: Gajan Singh

JAMMU, Apr 15: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Minority Deptt, Gajan Singh Khajuria on Wednesday sought immediate restoration of high-speed 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir.

Gajan Singh urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to restore high speed mobile internet  as a part of preventive measures against the spread of corona virus in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement here, Khajuria observed that restoration of 4G mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir would enable people especially the students to remain engaged inside their homes, thereby effectively containing the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Gajan Singh said that since all the educational institutes are closed in Jammu and Kashmir the students have been left with no option but to remain idle in their homes which have a telling impact on their future.

He said that as COVID-19 spreads at an alarming rate. The issue is particularly severe for schools, where the risk of spreading the disease is high.

“As many Jammu and Kashmir schools have shifted to online lesson plans, home restricted students are running into the limitations of mobile internet services, which leave most of them unable to connect to their new online classrooms or download lesson plans,” Gajan Singh remarked.

He said that since all schools, colleges and universities are closed as a result of coronavirus outbreak, millions of students are missing classes, creating an “unparalleled” education disruption in the Jammu and Kashmir.

“The people are being advised to work/study from home, but this is impossible with 2G internet speed and limited fixed line internet penetration. I would, therefore, request you to restore 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest to ease the suffering of the people,” he said.

Similarly, he said that the business community, transporters and a large section of the people who are working in the private sector are unable to do their businesses.

Singh  expressed hope that the restoration of high speed mobile internet will go a long way in easing the situation not only for the home confined students but for the business community and those working in the private sector. The chorus for restoration of high-speed 4G internet services on mobile phones in Jammu and Kashmir has grown in the wake of the detection of the cases of coronavirus in the Jammu.

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