No plan to amend Constitution to include Net access as fundamental right, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

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published Published on Feb 7, 2020   modified Modified on Feb 7, 2020
-The Hindu

Minister for Communications justifies imposition of Internet blockade in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi:
Minister for Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday justified the imposition of Internet blockade in Jammu and Kashmir by stating that national security trumped over the right to use the Internet and the blockade would be reviewed periodically based on the law and order situation in the region.

Mr. Prasad, who was answering a question in the Rajya Sabha, clarified that the government had no plans to amend the Constitution to include access to the Internet as a fundamental right.

On January 10, the Supreme Court, in its 130-page judgment, stated the government should “forthwith” review its orders suspending the Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. It declared that the freedoms of speech, expression and conducting business on the Internet are fundamental rights integral to Article 19 of the Constitution and subject to reasonable restrictions.

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The Hindu, 6 February, 2020,

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