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Mobile internet will be suspended again tomorrow in Assam

The state government aims to ensure that the recruitment test is “free, fair and transparent” and to check unfair means

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The Assam government will again suspend mobile internet for four hours on Sunday to conduct a test for hiring in government jobs.

Many had spoken out against phasing out mobile internet on August 21, when the first phase of the test for hiring grade III and IV posts in various departments of the state government was being conducted. Citing the inconvenience to the public and those who rely on mobile internet for business and other activities, many demanded that Sunday’s internet lockdown should not be repeated.

But the state government received a boost on Friday when the Gauhati Supreme Court dismissed a written request to stay the government’s decision. Raju Prosad Sarma, a social worker in Guwahati, had appealed to the Supreme Court for a court order to stay the government’s attempt to suspend mobile internet.

The state government aims to ensure that the recruitment test is “free, fair and transparent” and to check unfair means.

However, the opposition congress said such strict measures indicated that the state government failed to conduct an investigation without causing inconvenience to others. In a letter to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, a Lok Sabha member of Congress from the Nagaon constituency, Pardyut Bordoloi said the 1985 Telegraph Act and the 2017 Temporary Suspension of Telecom Service Rules empower the government to suspend the internet in the event of a public emergency or just in the interests of public safety.

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