Straightline News Network
JAMMU, Jan 17: Mobile operators in Jammu region have been handed over list of 153 website which Jammu and Kashmir administration has bracketed as ‘white-listed’ and asked them to ensure strict compliance of the official order.
Any violation would be viewed seriously, and operator may have to face consequences, is what the officials have verbally communicated to the operators. Sources said that operators have been asked to keep the tight lid on the social media websites and ensure that subscribers have no access to the social media sites via mobile internet.
In Kashmir valley, where broadband services have been resumed selectively, locals are saying that selected number of sites can accessed. “White-listed sites can be accessed. Social media is totally out of bounds for us,” said Abul Samad, a social activist from Srinagar. He added that mobile internet is unlikely to be restored in Kashmir valley since the state has connected this with terrorists using it for carrying out subversive acts.
According to official sources, about 153 websites have been included in the government’s “whitelist” and all social media and news websites remain barred. Among the 153 websites on the whitelist are four email services, including Gmail and Outlook, 15 banking websites, including RBI, J&K Bank, PayPal and Western Union, three employment websites, 38 educational websites, including websites of five J&K-based universities and Wikipedia.
Incredible India website and the site for the Amarnath Shrine Board are among the 20 travel websites on the list. Income tax e-filing, passport and UIDAI websites will also be available where broadband services are operational. Entertainment websites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotter are among the 11 domains on the whitelist.
Mobile Internet and broadband services have been suspended in the Valley since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked. Postpaid mobile phones have become operational in the Valley after 70 days. SMS services were restored on January 1. An order issued by the Home department on January 14 states that prior to giving such facility (Internet), the ISPs shall install necessary firewalls and carry out ‘whitelisting’ of sites that would enable access to government websites and websites dealing with essential services, e-banking, etc., excluding however, all the social media sites”.