AGENCIES, Srinagar: Seven months after the Centre’s announcement last year to scrap the special status of the erstwhile state under Article 370 and shutting communications, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday removed restrictions from social media usage across the Union Territory.
The directions came after a review of the situation by the J&K Home department. The fresh order will remain in force till March 17 unless modified earlier. The order was issued by Principal Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabra after assessing the overall security situation and maintenance of public order in Jammu and Kashmir.
The order was issued without the requisite whitelisted websites has stated that internet access shall be available across the Union Territory of J&K with speed restricted to 2G and that “these services shall not be made available on pre-paid Sim cards”.
For fixed-line internet, connectivity shall continue to be made available “with mac-binding at unlimited speeds”.
In January, landlines, post-paid mobile services, and internet facilities to essential services like hospitals were phase-wise restored in Kashmir.