Valley traders bear a loss of 1000 crores a day due to frequent internet blockade: KEA 

‘To maintain law and order, authorities putting business of traders at stake’

Srinagar: As the Valley is witnessing frequent internet blockades especially in Southern districts, the Valley traders on Wednesday said that the Kashmiri businessmen at losing at least 1000 crore in a day due to the blockades.

Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) president, Muhammad Yaseen Khan said that the traders suffer a huge loss of Rs 1000 crore in a day due to the internet blockade. “The Valley businessmen have suffered a loss in crores so far due to these internet blockades,” he said.

“The business community is being crushed on the account of law and order. We (businessmen) are suffering huge losses due to the internet blockades and none from the authorities bothers to look into the issue,” Khan said.

He said that among the several conflict zones, Kashmir is the only place where the internet is being frequently suspended on the account of law and order.

“The authorities by resorting to frequent internet blockade for law and order are putting the business of Valley at stake,” he said.

Meanwhile, the student community is also facing hardships due to the frequent internet blockades, saying that their education has been put at stake due to the suspension of internet services.

The suspension of the services has badly impacted thousands of students, job aspirants and those users who avail the service for studies, e-commerce and banking.

Job aspirants who want to apply for different openings in government or private sector across the world are aghast with the administration for suspending the facility frequently.

“We are being deprived to access the internet due to the frequent internet blockades. As the internet speed has been reduced in many southern areas, I don’t have any information about the status of the job i have applied for. I had applied in a multinational company in New Delhi. I may miss an opportunity of working. And all this is because of the suppressive attitude of the government,” Junaid Ahmad, a job aspirant said.

A top police official told KNS that the decision to suspend the internet services is being taken only to maintain law and order.

(With inputs from KNS)

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