A special committee inquiring the issue of restoring internet services in Jammu and Kashmir has decided to provide 4G services on a trial basis in restricted areas of the Union Territory after the Independence Day, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Attorney General KK Venugopal informed a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana who was appearing for the Centre, that the committee has decided to hold trials for 4G internet access in one district each in Jammu and Kashmir division.
The Committee has decided that access to 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir be given in a well gauged manner and outcome of the trial will be reviewed and checked after two months, he said. He added that security was the top priority as threats were a constant issue.
The bench also comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai said this is a fairly just stand on the part of the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration. It said that since both the administrations are saying they will review it later then why the matter be kept pending.
KK Venugopal further said that there was no case of contempt made out as the orders of the court were being complied with. On the other hand, Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, said this was a welcome step but it still concerns him.