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March 19, 2020 00:00:00 |

Restore 4G service

More as a precaution than because of panic, cities and towns are slowly disconnecting with the increasing number of coronavirus cases. Besides the health advisories that are issued from time to time, it is pertinent that there is free flow of information. That cannot happen when services like 4G internet remain suspended. In J&K UT, internet services remain suspended for months and when they were finally restored it was not without hiccups. As of now, in Kashmir 4G services are stilled barred due to which lot of people are facing difficulties. Although the broadband internet has been restored, still majority of the people use internet on their mobile devices. People are complaining about accessing information like updates and developments about coronavirus, which at reduced speed is as good as nothing. In some states schools, colleges and other education institutions have been closed indefinitely. Meanwhile some of the institutions have started online classes, lectures and providing relevant study material. This exercise to some extent compensates the academic loss. That too cannot happen in Kashmir as students who do not have broadband internet won’t be able to get the information. It is believed that the overall economic loss is going to be in billions of dollars. For a place like Kashmir whose economy has been in tatters for years now, it will further aggravate the crisis. If not all but some of the commercial activity can be managed on internet. For that 4G services must be restored. There should be no apprehensions as social gathering have already been cut down. It would be meaningful and even fruitful if the services are restored now. Awareness about the virus has become critical and people should have all means to gather important information. The government must also use conventional media platforms to spread awareness. At present precaution is the only cure and all precautionary steps must be taken by one and all. Even if a small number of people is left, it can wreak havoc. Given the weak infrastructure and health facilities in the UT, it would be catastrophic if the infection spreads. Lest the health authorities would find themselves in a difficult position, the government must ensure other measures to tackle this global crisis. The time to shift from real to virtual world is drawing near and any unnecessary delays may be dangerous.     

 

 

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March 19, 2020 00:00:00 |

Restore 4G service

              

More as a precaution than because of panic, cities and towns are slowly disconnecting with the increasing number of coronavirus cases. Besides the health advisories that are issued from time to time, it is pertinent that there is free flow of information. That cannot happen when services like 4G internet remain suspended. In J&K UT, internet services remain suspended for months and when they were finally restored it was not without hiccups. As of now, in Kashmir 4G services are stilled barred due to which lot of people are facing difficulties. Although the broadband internet has been restored, still majority of the people use internet on their mobile devices. People are complaining about accessing information like updates and developments about coronavirus, which at reduced speed is as good as nothing. In some states schools, colleges and other education institutions have been closed indefinitely. Meanwhile some of the institutions have started online classes, lectures and providing relevant study material. This exercise to some extent compensates the academic loss. That too cannot happen in Kashmir as students who do not have broadband internet won’t be able to get the information. It is believed that the overall economic loss is going to be in billions of dollars. For a place like Kashmir whose economy has been in tatters for years now, it will further aggravate the crisis. If not all but some of the commercial activity can be managed on internet. For that 4G services must be restored. There should be no apprehensions as social gathering have already been cut down. It would be meaningful and even fruitful if the services are restored now. Awareness about the virus has become critical and people should have all means to gather important information. The government must also use conventional media platforms to spread awareness. At present precaution is the only cure and all precautionary steps must be taken by one and all. Even if a small number of people is left, it can wreak havoc. Given the weak infrastructure and health facilities in the UT, it would be catastrophic if the infection spreads. Lest the health authorities would find themselves in a difficult position, the government must ensure other measures to tackle this global crisis. The time to shift from real to virtual world is drawing near and any unnecessary delays may be dangerous.     

 

 

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