Thursday, 28 October 2021

Internet shut down in Rajasthan as REET exam 2021 conducted

Internet shut down in Rajasthan as REET exam 2021 conducted

On Sunday, a teachers' entrance examination saw an unprecedented shutdown of internet services and businesses across Rajasthan on the administration's orders.

Nearly 16 lakh candidates appeared for Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) to recruit Level 1 for classes 1-5 and Level 2 for classes 6-8 teachers — in 4,019 centers across the state Sunday. The last REET was conducting in 2018 year.

On Friday, Abhay Kumar, Principal Secretary, Home, had written to the district, divisional, and state officials to take a final call on suspending internet services to impose law and order and prevent fraud during the examination. "About 16 lac students will participate in REET 2021 and will travel from one district to another.

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He wrote.if there is a possibility of worse law and order situation due to fake news, rumors of accidents, paper leak, etc.,"

Thus, keeping in mind how Central government's 2017 notification on "public emergency" and "public safety," Kumar asked the Divisional Commissioners to decide on suspending internet services in the region.

Leaving Jaisalmer, where M Venkaiah Naidu Vice President and his wife arrived on Sunday, internet services remain suspended for different durations across the state on the orders of the Divisional Commissioners.

Divisional Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Yadav issued orders for suspension of internet services in Alwar, Dausa, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, and Sikar in the Jaipur division.

In his order, Yadav said it has become necessary to suspend "2G/3G/4G/ Data (mobile internet), internet services, bulk SMS/MMS WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media.

Services through Internet Service Providers (except voice calls and broadband internet)."

In Jaipur Urban, orders were issuing for suspension of the internet for 10 hours between 7 am and 5 pm; in Jaipur Rural, it was between 7.30 am and 5.30 pm. Internet services were suspended for 12 hours, between 6 am and 6 pm, in Alwar, Dausa, and Jhunjhunu, while it was suspending for nine hours, between 8 am and 5 pm, in Sikar. The internet shutdown hit food aggregators such as Zomato that displayed messages on suspension of services.

Local businesses were affected and mostly stayed shut across the state.

In Jaipur, the district administration had earlier meetings with trade association representatives and requested them to shut their establishments on Sunday. "It was a voluntary decision following the administration's request. Barring essential services such as shops selling food items, restaurants, juice shops, medical stores, etc. everything else remained shut," said Jaipur Vyapar Mahasangh president Subhash Goyal, claiming about 80,000 to 90,000 shops remained shut in Jaipur. "Business worth around Rs 100 crore was affected in Jaipur today due to suspension of internet services," he added.

As the internet suspension hit life across the state, BJP state president Satish Poonia attacked the Congress government, saying, "There is a stark difference between the words and deeds of the Congress party… Shutting down the internet on such a large scale caused inconvenience to the public. Even after suspending the internet, there were several irregularities. The government will have to come up with a strategy," Poonia said.

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