Sms, voice-calls to resume for pre-paid mobile users in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary, Rohit Kansal on Saturday said after a careful review, the competent authority has ordered today that voice call and SMS facilities will be restored for all prepaid mobile users in the Valley.
Voice call and SMS facilities that have been suspended since the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year will be back in J&K.
The 2G mobile data for postpaid mobile users have also been extended to certain areas in Kashmir. “2G mobile data on postpaid mobile for accessing whitelisted websites shall resume in 10 districts of Jammu. Mobile internet shall remain suspended in Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Srinagar, Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama.”
SMS on all mobile phones and broadband internet services were restored in government-run hospitals from January 1.
However, the ban on social media will continue in these districts. Broadband internet is available across banks in J&K for the meantime.
Mobile phone, landline and internet services were disconnected in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 4. It was a day before the Centre withdrew its special status and divided it into two Union territories.
The center enforced a strict communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir. The communication blackout has been criticized by many in India and abroad, including the United Nations and the US government.
The decision to restore connectivity comes after the Supreme Court, in response to a petition last week, ordered a review of all the restrictive orders that are still in place.
“Suspension of free movement, Internet and basic freedoms cannot be an arbitrary exercise of power,” the court said.