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The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday announced its decision to lift the ban put on access to social media sites that was in place since August last year.

In a fresh order issued by Principal Secretary (J&K) Shaleen Kabra, said people would now be allowed unrestricted internet access with 2G speed.

It is likely that the  internet services would also be available on landline connections.

However, the new order has also put in certain restrictions. For example, people with post-paid SIM will have access to internet services but those with pre-paid SIMs will be able to access internet only after undergoing verification applicable for post-paid SIMs.

The order will be applicable only till March 17.

Earlier the Jammu and Kashmir administration had listed close to 1,600 websites (mostly related to education, banking, business and government) that were allowed to be accessed in J&K. The present order sets aside this restriction.

The Central government had enforced a strict communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year, when it scrapped Section 370 of the Constitution, that accorded special status to the state, and bifurcated it into two union territories (Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh).

The blackout has been criticised by people across India and abroad, including the United Nations and the US government.


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