2G Internet: Kids can’t download textbooks, says Asgar Samoon

Youth accessing internet on their phones in Srinagar
Youth accessing internet on their phones in Srinagar (Courtesy: Shuaib Masoodi/Indian Express)

SRINAGAR — Asgar Samoon, senor bureaucrat in J&K Government on Friday tweeted that kids cannot download textbooks as speed of internet is slow.

Taking to Twitter, Asgar Hassan Samoon, one of the senior most bureaucrats in J&K Government, wrote that kids cannot download textbooks as the speed of internet is slow.

“Kids have no i-pads/no acess to desktops. Can’t download textbooks as internet is slow; Rs 2030.87 lac released for 1st-8th class; DSEJ Rs 1105.44 lac & DSEK Rs. 925.43 lac; kmr div/distributed books; remaining Jammu districts-dsej/ceos/zeos to expedite work in 2 wks,” Samoon tweeted.

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Samoon is Principal Secretary of School Education Department. In an order issued on April 03 on imposing restrictions on 4G, J&K’s Home Department stated that internet restrictions don’t pose any hindrance to access online educational content.

The high-speed internet services remain suspended in J&K from August 05, 2019 when the Centre abrogated J&K’s special status provided under Article 370.

The 2G internet facility on mobile phones was restored on January 25 after remaining suspended for nearly five months.

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Last month, National Conference President and MP from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat Farooq Abdullah wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate restoration of high-speed 4G internet services in J&K in the wake of outbreak of COVID-19.

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