Businesses in Jammu and Kashmir can have their internet services restored, but only for “businesses purposes,” The Wire reported. To do that, the businesses will have to give the government a signed bond agreeing to that:
- Their IP address will not permit access to social networking websites, proxies, VPNs and WiFi.
- Encrypted file containing a video/photo won’t be uploaded.
- All USB ports on their network will be disabled.
- They’ll provide “complete access” to all their “content” and “infrastructure” as and when required by security forces.
- They have MAC binding in place to restrict access to registered devices through a single PC.
- The company will take all responsibility for any kind of “breach or misuse of [the] internet”.
The inspector general of police (IGP) gives the clearance to restore internet services, the report said. Divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, reportedly said, “All connections are being monitored.”
According to The Wire report, about 100 connections for hotels, guesthouses, travel agencies and some government officer were restored over the last week. Internet connections of some bureaucrats have also been restored, and anyone who has been allowed access to the internet has been asked to sign a bond taking responsibility that the facility won’t be misused. Government departments had to sign a similar undertaking to get access to the internet for business purposes, according to another report by The Wire.
No internet in Jammu and Kashmir, 100 days and counting: Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir have been down for more than a 100 days now. Services were snapped on August 4, a day before Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that provided special status to Jammu & Kashmir. Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Parliament last week that the duration of the internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir is unprecedented and is affecting education and healthcare in the area.
Shah meanwhile said that internet services in the newly formed UT would be restored only when the territory’s administration thinks it fit to do so. He said that “when it is the matter of India’s security, Kashmir valley and its people’s security, and a fight against terrorism, we have to set our priorities,” while responding to questions in Rajya Sabha last week.