The curbs on social media usage in Jammu and Kashmir, which were in place since August 5, when the government abrogated Article 370 of Indian Constitution, have been removed by the administration.
According to the reports, the decision was taken after a review of the situation by the J&K Home department.
However, the internet speed has been restricted to the 2G network.
“Internet access across the Union Territory with internet speed restricted to 2G only and internet connectivity with Mac-binding to continue till 17th March 2020. The directions to remain in force unless modified earlier,” ANI quoted the J&K administration as saying.
The order has been issued without the requisite ‘whitelisted websites’ and these services have not been made available for the pre-paid sims.
On August 5, 2019, the Indian government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted special status to J&K. It had also passed the J&K reorganisation bill, which bifurcated the state into two Union Territories, J&K and Ladakh.
On January 18, 2020, 2G internet services on postpaid and prepaid were restored in the Kashmir Valley. However, the order was issued with a ‘whitelist’ of websites (301).
Earlier, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on the J&K administration for arbitrarily shutting down the internet, the facility described as a fundamental right by the apex court.