Resume 2G mobile internet in J-K, but No social media

Jammu and Kashmir 2G mobile connectivity in five districts of the Jammu region and broadband facilities to all the institutions dealing with essential services including hospitals, banks and hotels among others will be restored from today (January 15), the Jammu and Kashmir government informed on Tuesday. However, users will not be be able to access any social media sites and messaging services, said the order issued by Principal Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabra.

On restoring broadband connections in the Kashmir Division, it was directed that “Prior to giving such facility, the ISPs shall install necessary firewalls and carry out ‘white-listing’ of sites that would enable access to Government websites and websites dealing with essential services, e-banking etc. excluding, however all the social media sites. To amplify, there shall be complete restriction on social media applications allowing peer to peer communication and virtual private network applications for the time being.”

The order also said that the 844 e-terminals set up in the Kashmir Valley for the general public, students, etc, besides 69 special counters for tourists, apart from separate terminals for filing of GST retursns and application forms for various examinations, as well as internet access to government offices and hospitals would continue, and the Divisional Administration will set up an additional 400 internet kiosks.

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