NEW DELHI :
Mobile SMS services in Kashmir will resume from Tuesday midnight, nearly five months after the imposition of a complete communication lockdown in the region following the Centre’s decision to abrogate Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
The administration also said that broadband services will also resume in government hospitals from 31 December (midnight). In October, postpaid mobile services were restored in the valley in a phased manner.
The Centre’s decision to ease restrictions in Kashmir was announced by Rohit Kansal, principal secretary of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He said mobile messaging services had been enabled on select mobile phones from 10 December.
There was, however, no clarity on the restoration of mobile and broadband internet services in the valley. “The Centre will review the security situation in the valley and then take a call. Because of internet being restricted, there have been fewer cases of militant recruitment," said a central government official, seeking anonymity.