99% J&K restriction-free, postpaid services to resume on Monday: Govt

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The postpaid mobile services will be functional from Monday: Rohit Bansal


After almost 69 days of lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to restore postpaid mobile services from Monday. This is cited as a major step towards easing curbs in the valley.

“The postpaid mobile services will be functional from Monday noon in the remaining areas of the Jammu and Kashmir”, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary of Planning Commission in Jammu and Kashmir and senior IAS officer,  announced on Saturday.

Postpaid mobile services were earlier slated to resume from Saturday but a last-minute technical hitch led to deferring of the resumption of services.

However, Internet services will take some time to resume in the Valley, the spokesperson said. Rohit Kansal also said that now the UT is 99% restriction free. He added that the restriction has starting to come off since August 16.

Restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5th

Restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre abrogated special status of the state and bifurcated it into two union territories.

Rohit Kansal said that terror outfits such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and the LeT continue to make attempts to terrorize people in the valley, which is why the restrictions were imposed so they couldn’t cause more death and hamper more life.

The administration has been examining several options in regard to suspension of mobile phone services which have been a major reason for criticism for the government. About 7 million residents of the valley have been away from the Internet for more than 2 months.

Earlier, only BSNL services were planned to open

Earlier, only BSNL services were planned to open followed by activation of incoming calls run by private telecom operators.

The move comes after the advisory by Centre which asked to open the valley for tourists. Travel association bodies had approached the administration, telling them that no tourists will come to visit J&K if mobile services aren’t working.

Partial landline services were resumed on August 17, and by September 4, all landlines numbering almost 50,000 were declared operational. 

After almost 69 days of lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, government has decided to restore landline services from Monday. This will citied as a major step towards easing curbs in the valley.

“The postpaid mobile services will be functional from Monday noon in the remaining areas of the Jammu and Kashmir”, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary of Planning Commission in Jammu and Kashmir and senior IAS officer,  announced on Saturday.

Postpaid mobile services were earlier slated to resume from Saturday but a last minute technical hitch led to deferring of the resumption of services.

However, Internet services will take some time to resume in the Valley, the spokesperson said. Rohit Kansal also said that now the UT is 99% restriction free. He added that the restriction have starting to come off since August 16.

Restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5th

Restrictions were imposed in Jammu Kashmir after the Centre abrogated special status of the state and bifurcated it into two union territories.

Rohit Kansal said that terror outfits such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and the LeT continue to make attempts to terrorise people in the valley, which is why the restrictions were imposed so they couldn’t cause more death and hamper more life.

The administration has been examining several options in regard to suspension of mobile phone services which have been a major reason of criticism for government. About 7 million residents of the valley have been away from Internet from more than 2 months.

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Earlier, only BSNL services were planned to open

Earlier, only BSNL services were planned to open followed by activation of incoming calls run by private telecom operators.

The move comes after the advisory by Centre which asked to open the valley for tourists. Travel association bodies had approached the administration, telling them that no tourists will come to visit J&K if mobile services aren’t working.

Partial landline services were resumed on August 17, and by September 4, all landlines numbering almost 50,000 were declared operational.

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