Mobile internet will be suspended again in Assam on August 28

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Mobile internet will be suspended again tomorrow in Assam

The state government said the move was to ensure a “free, fair and transparent” conduct of the recruitment test and to check for unfair means.

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The government of Assam will again suspend mobile internet for four hours on Sunday for a test to be conducted for recruitment into government jobs.

Many had opposed the suspension of mobile internet on August 21, when the first phase of the test was conducted for recruitment into Tier III and IV jobs in various state government departments. Citing the inconvenience to the public and those who depend on mobile internet for business and other activities, many demanded that the internet suspension not be repeated on Sunday.

But the state government received a boost on Friday when the Gauhati High Court dismissed a writ petition seeking a stay of the government’s decision. Raju Prosad Sarma, a social worker in Guwahati, had applied to the High Court for a court direction for a stay of the government’s decision to suspend mobile internet.

The state government said the move was aimed at ensuring a “free, fair and transparent” conduct of the recruitment test and controlling unfair means.

The Opposition Congress, however, said such strong measures suggested the state government had failed to conduct a review without causing inconvenience to others. In a letter to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Lok Sabha Congressman from Nagaon Constituency, Pardyut Bordoloi said the Telegraph Act 1985 and the Telecommunications Services Temporary Suspension Rules 2017 allow the government to suspend the Internet in the event of a public emergency or solely in the interest of public safety.

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