Ending five month-old ban, the government will restore short messaging services (SMS) on post-paid mobile phones in the Kashmir valley from December 31 midnight, senior J&K government official Rohit Kansal said 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. The Valley has been kept bereft of internet and SMS connectivity since August 5, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 and split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
“On December 10, some short message service (SMS) were enabled on mobile phones in order 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,” news agency PTI quoted Rohit Kansal as saying.
He said the ban on the SMS and internet services is subjected to regular reviews and a decision to restore them would be taken at an appropriate time.