Jammu, Jan 18:
Voice and SMS facility on all local pre-paid sim cards across the Union
Territory of J&K shall be restored today.
This was stated
by the Principal Secretary Planning, Rohit Kansal, who is also the Government
Spokesperson at a press conference held, here today.
Giving details of
the decisions taken by the Government for further enhancement in access and
communication facilities in the Union Territory of J&K, Rohit Kansal said,
that the companies that are engaged in Software (IT/ITES) Services shall be
provided with fixed line internet connectivity by the Internet Service
Providers (ISPs- BSNL/Private Service Providers) with the precautions as
already directed as per the order issued by the Home Department in the last
announced that 2G mobile data services on the post-paid mobiles for accessing
white-listed sites now, shall be allowed in all the 10 districts of Jammu
division. The 2G mobile internet shall also be restored in the revenue
districts of Kupwara & Bandipora of Kashmir Valley, he added. The mobile
internet connectivity shall, however, remain suspended in the districts of
Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama,
With regard to
the details of the white listed companies, the Principal Secretary said that
the competent authority has released a list of all 153 websites that have been
identified as white list category and can be accessed through 2G mobile data
informed the media persons that to consider provision of mobile internet
connectivity on pre-paid sim cards, the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) shall
initiate the process for verification of credentials of these subscribers as
per the norms applicable for post-paid connections.
operators are being issued instructions to operationalize the above directions
immediately providing for all the safeguards detailed in the order issued by
the competent authority, he added.
Government had ordered restoration of 2G mobile data services on the post-paid
mobiles for accessing white-listed sites in the five districts of Jammu
division including Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi on January 15,
further reiterated that the overall effort of the Government shall be to
facilitate and to keep restrictions to the bare minimum based on the ground
services, landline and mobile phones were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on
the eve of Centre’s announcement to scrap special status of the erstwhile state
and its bifurcation into Union Territories on August 5.
While most of the
services except mobile internet were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir
witnessed restoration of landlines and postpaid mobile services and internet
facilities to essential services like hospitals in phases.
careful review, the competent authority has ordered today (Saturday) that voice
and SMS facility shall be restored on all local prepaid SIM cards across the
Union Territory of J&K.
order to consider, provision of mobile internet connectivity on such SIM cards,
the telecom service providers shall initiate the process of verification of
credentials for thesesubscribers as per available norms for postpaid
subscribers,” Kansal, who is the official spokesperson of the government,
On January 10,
the Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration for arbitrarily
shutting down the internet, the facility described as a fundamental right by
the apex court.
Referring to the
January 14 order when the government announced partial restoration of 2G
services in five of the 10 districts of Jammu and broadband facilities for
essential services including banks, government offices, trade, tourism and
travel establishments, Kansal said the overall effort is to keep the
restrictions to bare minimum based on the ground situation.
As per the order
issued by Principal Secretary, Home Department, Shaleen Kabra “the
directions would be effective from Saturday and remain in force till January
24, unless modified earlier.
of the overall security scenario in the UT of J and K pursuant to directions on
January 14 relating to the regulation of telecom services does not indicate any
immediate adverse impact in the areas where internet access was provided,”
the order read.