After being closed for almost two years, the process of launching 4G internet service has finally started in Jammu and Kashmir. The news was announced by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Rohit Kansal in a tweet on Friday. According to sources, the 4-G internet service will resume from midnight on Friday. Four-G internet service is going to be re-launched in Jammu and Kashmir after 2 years. 4G services are being restored for the entire Jammu and Kashmir region. However, prepaid SIM card users will be able to access the internet connection only after verification as per the applicable rules for post-paid connection. It has been mentioned in the official notification.
The principal secretary of the home department said the decision to provide 4G internet service was taken after consulting the expert committee and reviewing the overall security situation. In addition, post-paid connection has been made mandatory in government notification by withdrawing the rules of mobile data service and fixed line internet connection. Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has reacted to the news of re-launch of 4G internet service by saying, “4G Mubarak! For the first time since August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir will have 4G mobile data. There can be nothing better than this.
Internet services were shut down in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, before the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was announced. Because the Kashmiri valley was turbulent then. Various news against the country were being smuggled to the neighbouring countries. With the repeal of Article 370, the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has been lost. And it is divided into two union territories.
The government cited separatist forces and Pakistan-based terrorists as abusing the service, citing restrictions on internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. That is why in August 2020, the central government appealed to the Supreme Court to consider the restoration of the Internet in Jammu and Kashmir.