The association states that the ban also has a negative impact on businesses
GN Bureau | April 28, 2017
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has opposed the J&K government order to ban social media and instant messaging apps in the region. IAMAI takes exceptions on the repeated clampdowns on internet services –both broadband and mobile internet– in the valley, as well as in areas with even a small unrest, such as in parts of Gujarat, Manipur and Haryana. There have been 73 instances of internet blockage between 2012 and 2017, with 32 instances of J&K alone.
According to IAMAI, internet clampdown only heightens the state of paranoia amongst the citizens. Elements engaging in spreading rumours and hate messages will continue to access other channels of communication, irrespective of the shutdown. The focus of the law enforcing agencies should be to engage with these modes of communication, rather than to order a blanket ban, it says.
While there are 432 million internet users in India, yet there has been a steady decrease in internet penetration growth with only 7 percent growth in 2016.
IAMAI has stated that such frequent shut-downs have a negative impact on businesses as well. Even a momentary loss of the internet may cost the country billions. According to estimates, India lost over US$968 million between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 because of internet shutdowns alone. In total, the world lost around US$2.4 billion due to internet shutdowns by various governments.
The cabinet has cleared the formation of ‘National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited’ (NARCL) which will acquire “stressed assets” of about Rs. 2 Lakh crore in phases within RBI regulations in order to address the problem of humongous amounts of bad loans in public sector banks.
When consumer rights and RTI activist Mohammad Afzal was shifting to a new residence in a different area, he required changes in various documents. He decided to take the help of the Citizens Charter along with other friends who also required similar work with authorities. The Citizens Chart
Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal has underlined the importance of cross-border connectivity among India and developing nations of South-East Asia. Addressing the ASEAN summit on Future of India-ASEAN Connectivity Partnerships virt
The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has organised a virtual advance level training programme on Public-Private Partnership. Additional Secretary DEA, K Rajaraman, Joint Secretary, DEA, Baldeo Purushartha
Modernisation of the Agriculture sector will continue by infusing new technologies so that farmers can increase their income, states Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare has signed MOUs for pilot projects with Cisco, Ninjacar
The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the need to create an enabling ecosystem for R&D for India to become a developed nation. He urged educational institutions to have an incr