JAMMU — Demanding restoration of high-speed mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, former Vice Chancellor of Sai Nath University and native of Poonch, Dr Shahzad Ahmed Malik has filed a petition with National Human Rights Commission of India.

Dr. Shahzad in his 6-page long petition has arrayed Union Home Secretary, Principal Secretary Home, J&K Union Territory and Chief General Manager, BSNL JK Circle as party respondents to the plea.

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In his submission before the NHRC, he has sought direction for the 1st two respondents for restoration of high-speed mobile internet facility in the UT and also urged the NHRC to further direct the government owned telecom company, BSNL to publicize its policy in giving new landline internet facility to the customers.

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He has alleged that there is lack of transparency in BSNL in installing connections as only high profile and people having high approach are provided connections by the State owned BSNL and ordinary people are made to wait for months together.

In his petition, Dr. Shahzad has said that in the absence of high-speed internet facility in the UT, the medical professionals are worst sufferers as they are not even able access the website and applications of World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Government of India and other local websites related to UT Government or districts’ administration.

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“Due to the lockdown, people are not able to move out and unfortunately, they are not even able to use banking apps due to poor internet speed,” he has pleaded.

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