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Considering modalities to restore Internet, says Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Murmu

G.C. Murmu, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir. File.

G.C. Murmu, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir. File.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

Kashmir trade bodies call on L-G Murmu, apprise him of problems being faced by people post August 5

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Thursday said his administration was “actively considering the modalities to restore” Internet service, which has been barred in Kashmir for the last five months.

“Restoration of Internet service will be done in a phased manner,” Mr. Murmu told a joint delegation of about two dozen trade groups from across Kashmir. “Steps like restoration of Internet in hospitals and SMS service have already been taken. The government is aware of the difficulties faced by the trade community as well as the general public due to the Internet ban and is actively considering the modalities to restore the Internet service,” he added.

The delegation also handed over a report of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), which pegs the loss since August 5 at ₹17,878 crore.

KCCI president Sheikh Ashiq sought immediate restoration of socio-economic order. “We demanded the immediate release of traders, lawyers and civil society members,” said Mr. Ashiq. “This will only act as an enabling force to restore economic equilibrium. Besides, lack of Internet has dented the economy as well as the future of students in Kashmir,” he added.

The members of the delegation highlighted how the lack of Internet connectivity had impacted the timely filing of GST returns, updation of records, licenses and permits, etc.

The Lt. Governor had assured the delegation that he would study the KCCI report, according to the official spokesman. “The government has already assessed the losses suffered by the farmers due to heavy snowfall and untimely rains and will soon initiate the necessary measures in this regard,” said Mr. Murmu.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leaders Sunil Kumar Sharma and State president Ravinder Raina, met Mr. Murmu. They submitted a memorandum of demands including promotion of pilgrimage and religious tourism in J&K, abolition of the Sarore Toll Plaza, establishment of a law university in Jammu and strengthening of Village Defence Committees.

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