In a controversial statement, NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat on Saturday justified the centre's decision to ban Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. Saraswat, however, soon issued a clarification that shutting down the Internet in Kashmir "had no significant economic impact".
On the sidelines of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute for Information and Communication Technology's (DA-IICT) annual meeting, Saraswat said: "Politicians wahan jaana chahate hai, where kisliye jana chahate hai, where Kashmir my sadko par lana chahte hai. Aur jo social media hai , where usko aag ki tarah istamal karta hai Wahan gaandi films dekhne ke alaawa kuch nahi card aap log ". (Why do politicians want to go there (to Kashmir)? They want to re-enact the protests on the streets of Delhi in Kashmir. And they use social media to promote these protests. What difference does it make if there is no internet.) There? What do you see on the internet? What kind of e-tailing is happening there? You don't see anything there except dirty movies.)
"Main yeh baat bata raha hoon ki internet cashmere my agar nahin hai, toh uss se economy pe kuch khaas antar nahi padhta (I say if there is no internet in cashmere it has a significant impact on the economy)," said he later.
Saraswat was quoted by a leading English website as saying that the Internet has been suspended in Kashmir because it is being used by terrorists to cause trouble in Kashmir. "The Internet is not available in Kashmir, but is not available in Gujarat? The reason for switching off the Internet in Kashmir is different. If Article 370 had to be deleted and Kashmir had to be promoted, we know that there are elements of this kind there Misuse information in a way that affects the legal and administrative situation, "he said.
It should be remembered that internet services, landline and mobile phones were cracked in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 after the center decided to lift Article 370 and split the former state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh ,
In particular, most services with the exception of mobile internet were restored in Jammu within a week. The restoration of landline and post-paid mobile services, as well as internet facilities for important services such as hospitals in the Kashmir valley, took about five months and was carried out in phases.