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4G internet may be restored in Kashmir on trial basis from August 15, Centre tells SC

The Central Government has told the Supreme Court that a special committee looking into the issue of internet restoration in Jammu and Kashmir is considering allowing 4G internet access on a trial basis in the Union Territory.

Centre said that 4G access may be given in one district of Jammu region and one in Kashmir.

The easing may come into effect after August 15.

The Supreme Court had on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas.

The apex court was hearing a plea of the NGO seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretary of J-K for their alleged “wilful disobedience” in complying with the court’s May 11 order.

High speed Internet service in J&K has been suspended since August last year when the Centre had announced revocation of its special status and bifurcation of the state into two UTs — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had sought time to take instructions on the restoration of high-speed internet services, saying a new Lt Governor has been appointed in the Union Territory.

Manoj Sinha was appointed the new LG of Jammu and Kashmir after G C Murmu resigned from the post last week.

However, the top court told the administration that with the change of LG, nothing changes as the special committee is there to look into the issue.

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