- There is neither internet nor landline phone in a village situated 90 km away from Srinagar.
- Online education of the children of this village is a problem in this period of lockdown.
- They have to climb a hill for about a kilometer and then get net connectivity
The talk of Digital India may be getting bigger but there is neither internet nor landline phone in a village situated 90 km away from Srinagar. Online education of children is a problem during the lockdown period. They have to walk three kilometers from their village and climb a hill for about one kilometer. Then their phones are able to connect to the net.
According to the report of the newspaper Indian Express, this village named Limbar is one of about 150 such remote villages in Jammu and Kashmir that neither have better mobile network nor net connectivity. Manzoor Ahmed of Limber village is a chalk school teacher. He takes these children to this hill every morning.
About 650 families live in this village situated across the Jhelum. Sajjad Ahmed, a resident of this village, comes to this hill with his son. He says that there are bears and other wild creatures in this area. We do not send children here alone, they are not allowed to come here after 6 pm.
Chak has been teaching children since 2007. Chak says, ‘In such a small village, I have to teach all the subjects to the children. Apart from a primary school, there are one secondary and three middle schools in the vicinity. After passing the tenth, all the students have to go to the nearby town for further studies. After that Baramulla for college studies.
It costs about Rs 250 a day to travel to Baramulla, which is beyond the capacity of economically weaker families. Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Kumar says, “I was not aware of the problems in Limbar village. Now that I know, I will see.’