Limited Internet services continue in J&K till 04 March.
Whereas, while assessing the impact of the directions relating to regulation of telecom services, issued from time to time, on the overall security scenario, it has come to fore that VPNs continue to be misused by ANEs, including handlers from across the border to bypass the internet restrictions, to coordinate with their operatives within the UT or J&K and plan terror acts and scale up anti-national activities; and Whereas, the mobile data services in some areas of the Kashmir Valley had to be suspended, although for limited periods of time, due to acts of terrorism over the last week and the apprehension regarding disruption to the public order, with the larger aim of causing disaffection and discontent against the State; and After considering the available alternatives and subject to further review,
I, Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department, being satisfied that it is absolutely necessary so to do, in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the Security of the State and for maintaining public order, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and sub-rule (1) of Rule 2 of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017, hereby order that the directions/restrictions contained in Government Order No. I3(TSTS) of 2020 dated 15.02.2020 shall continue to remain operative till 4th March, 2020, unless modified Further, the whitelisted sites shall be as per the Annexure, with updation being a continuous process. The IGP Kashmir/Jammu shall ensure immediate compliance of these directions by all the service providers.
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