by Swastika Saxena
COVID-19 outbreak has undoubtedly shooted up the morbidity and mortality rate in the last few months. This pandemic has caused significant economic, social and political disruption. Amidst this lockdown , J&K residents were devoid of 4G internet facilities which has really caused a situation of panic and chaos among them.
Considering the current scenario, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the center and J&K administration seeking response to petition demanding of 4G services. To avoid access to fake news and rumours regarding COVID-19 will only increase panic and anxiety among the residents of the union territory.The doctors, patients, officials and citizens require necessary information during this pandemic too.
The notice was issued by a bench of Justices N.V. Ramana, R. Subhash Reddy & BR Gavai through email, Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, Advocates Shadan Farasat and Apar Gupta appeared for the petitioner via Video Conferencing. “The virtual classes of students can only be done through enhancement of technology” Ahmadi submitted.
The petition was filed on March 29 by the FOUNDATION for MEDIA professionals. The issue is that people are unable to “work from home”, online classes are at stake too.The petition states that “it is unreasonable” to restrict 2G network in the lockdown as it violates their right to equality and freedom.