Suspension of internet services in Assam following the massive protests over the amended Citizenship Act has affected the commercial activities based on mobile-internet. The affected areas include cab services, food delivery services, e-commerce services and banking etc.
The cab drivers association on December 17th, 2019, staged protest against the ban on internet services in Guwahati. The union demanded immediate restoration of mobile internet.
Ibrahim Ali, president of All Guwahati Cab Drivers Association, said, “We will leave our vehicles on the city streets if the government does not lift the ban on mobile internet within 24 hours. It has been seven days since the internet was suspended. We have nothing to eat now.”
Students’ fraternity also faced difficulties in submitted applications online due to the suspension of internet services. The job seekers are also finding it difficult to apply for jobs online. Deadline of form fill-up of some of the competitive examinations has been extended.
internet services. The job seekers are also finding it difficult to apply for jobs online. Deadline of form fill-up of some of the competitive examinations has been extended.
Internet services have been suspended since December 11th, 2019, following protests across the state over the act. However, broadband services were restored today.
The ban on mobile internet services in Assam will continue till December 19th, 2019. The internet was banned keeping in view the law and order situation following the massive protest over the amended Citizenship Act.
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