Principal secretary Kansal, who is the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s spokesperson, said broadband internet services in all government-run hospitals were also being restored.
Jammu, December 31:
The government will restore short messaging services (SMS) on post-paid mobile phones in the Kashmir valley from midnight, senior J&K government official Rohit Kansal said at Jammu on Tuesday evening.
Principal secretary Kansal, who is the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s spokesperson, said broadband internet services in all government-run hospitals were also being restored from 1 January.
The government had disconnected mobile and landline phone services in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions in August this year before moving to scrap Article 370 and splitting J&K into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and the second, Ladakh.
It has restored phone lines but held back approvals to end the ban on internet and messaging services.
Kargil, part of the Union Territory of Ladakh, got back mobile internet services just last week after a gap of 145 days. But the facility has still not been restored in Jammu or Kashmir region.
The restoration of SMS services in Kashmir, which are easier for security agencies to track, is the first step to start rolling back the communication blockade.
Rohit Kansal said the process had started on December 10 when SMS services were enabled on mobile phones to facilitate students, scholarship applicants, traders and others. “It has now been decided to fully restore the service throughout Kashmir from midnight of December 31,” Kansal said.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times