SMS, voice calls on prepaid mobile connections back in J&K

Prepaid mobile connections restored in Jammu and Kashmir

"There are elements in Jammu and Kashmir that misuse information on the internet and disrupt law and order. Besides watching 'Gandi Filmein' (dirty films), you do nothing there", he said according to ANI.

"The Kashmiri politicians want to recreate the protests that are happening on the roads in Delhi", he said.

The ministers are a part of a delegation that will interact with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and educate them about development work in the region since the imposition of the President's Rule from June 2018 and after the re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir in last August.

"The internet suspension aimed to prevent certain elements from misusing information", Saraswat justified.

"What difference does it make if there is no internet?"

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Saraswat also said that JNU has turned into a "political battleground" and called half its teachers as "hardcore leftists". Government teachers are getting their dues despite the strike. There is no output but yet we are giving them money.

The NITI Aayog member further spoke about the condition of the economy in the country and said that the "economy around the world, including America, China and other big countries" was on the downward slide.

NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat on Sunday clarified that his statement was taken "out of context" and that he is not really against the rights of Kashmiris to have internet freedom.

He said he addressed the students on various issues related to technology and 5G communications. "If this misquotation has hurt the feelings of the people of Kashmir, I apologise and would not like them to carry this impression that I am against the rights of the Kashmiris to have internet access". "I have been misquoted, I have been quoted wrongly and out of context", he told PTI.

The comments defending the suspension of Internet in J&K drew strong reaction from trade body Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) which demanded his immediate removal for uttering "this nonsense", while CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also hit out at Saraswat, saying he needs to read the Indian Constitution.

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