SMS facility for all mobile phones restored in Kashmir
Though most services, except mobile internet, were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir saw landlines and post-paid services being restored in phases
Broadband internet service was restored in government-run hospitals and SMS facilities were restored on all mobile phones starting at midnight on Tuesday in Kashmir, after over four-and-a-half months of suspension.
Internet services, landline and mobile phones were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of August 5 -- the day the Modi government announced in Parliament that the region's special status would be scrapped, and that it would be divided into two Union Territories.
Though most services, except mobile internet, were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir saw landlines and post-paid services being restored in phases.
"It has been decided to restore internet connectivity to all government hospitals with effect from midnight of December 31 besides fully restoring SMS on mobile phones," said Rohit Kansal, a spokesperson for the Jammu and Kashmir administration.
"Continuous efforts of the government have been to facilitate and move forward as much as possible and as quickly as possible, and ever since August 5, we have been progressing in this direction both in Jammu and in Kashmir. We have been moving progressively forward and we will try to ensure as much and as quickly as possible," Kansal said in response to a question about restoration of Internet services.
He said that "our direction has been progressive, positive, and movement forward".
"We have been trying to take all possible steps slowly, surely but firmly in the form of restoration. These steps will continue," said Kansal, who is also principal secretary for planning, development and monitoring in the Union Territory administration of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kansal said the administration in Kashmir was facilitating students, contractors, tour operators, government officials through various internet touch points.
"Nearly 900 such touch points and special counters are functional throughout Kashmir in districts, prominent tourist places and hotels, and about 6 lakh people have taken advantage of these touch points," the spokesman said.
Courtesy: The New Indian Express