Srinagar: WITH STORY "JK- SMS" - A youth tries to send short message service (SMS) on his phone which is banned in valley, in Srinagar on Monday, 09, Dec 2019. SMS services were withdrawn as a "precautionary measure" hours after the government restored post-paid mobile connections in Kashmir in October. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie
Srinagar, Dec 12:
Machine based SMS service messages, including ‘one time passwords’ (OTPs),
resumed on Tuesday for 40 lakh subscribers in Kashmir following several
requests from the public, particularly the business community, officials here
Though the Jammu
and Kashmir administration allowed service providers to resume machine-based
messages, subscribers will not be allowed to send any messages from their
mobiles, the officials said.
The resumption of
service messages will help the general public, especially business-persons,
receive service messages from banks, they said.
silent on August 5, when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status
and reorganised the state into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and
Mobile phones in
Kashmir buzzed back to life after a gap of 72 days on October 14, but SMS
facilities were stopped within a few hours after the Army claimed terrorists
were using SMS services to mobilse people.
Over 25 lakh
prepaid mobile phones and internet services, including WhatsApp, remain
deactivated for now, the officials said.
On August 17,
partial fixed line telephony resumed in the Valley. On September 4, nearly
50,000 landlines were declared operational.
communication was restored within days of the blockade and mobile internet
restarted around mid-August. However, after its misuse, internet facility on
cell phones was snapped on August 18.