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IT sector faces ‘closure’ due to communication clampdown

IT sector faces ‘closure’ due to communication clampdown
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Srinagar: The suspension of internet services has left the employees at Kashmir Valley’s IT hubs high and dry. Sources said that if the ban on communication persists, IT hubs may face permanent lockdown.
Over 1,000 employees who work in one of the IT hubs in Rangreth complex here in the outskirts of Srinagar city are struggling for survival.
Government of India imposed communication blockade after it annulled the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of August last month. The internet and mobile phones remained suspended for the running 51st day in Kashmir Valley today.
One of the employees who works in one of the companies said that they have never witnessed such a harsh clampdown.
“We had not dreamt about it. We had never thought that there will such a communication blockade. At least, government should have kept the communication lines open here at this IT hub,” he said.
He added that due to continuous suspension of Internet, employers have started reducing the strength of their staff as they are unable to bear the financial losses.
“IT sector is zero without internet. What water is to body, internet is to IT. We are almost finished. We can’t believe such a harsh attitude and measures will be taken by authorities,” said another employee.
He said that IT sector here in Rangreth was never hit and even during 2016 agitation, there was no disturbance.
“We come here, talk to each other and leave whenever we wish to. There is nothing to do, we did not receive salary for the month of August,” said an employee. (KNT)

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