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05:17 PM, January 18, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:19 PM, January 18, 2020

Prepaid mobile connections restored in Jammu and Kashmir

2G services resume in two districts

After nearly six months, prepaid mobile phone connections were restored in Jammu and Kashmir today, a senior official said.

Besides, 2G services have been resumed in two districts of the Kashmir valley, said Rohit Kansal, principal secretary to the administration of Jammu and Kashmir.

The services remained snapped since August last year when the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had scrapped the state’s special constitutional status.

Voice and text message facilities were restored for all local prepaid mobile phones across Jammu and Kashmir, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

In order to consider giving mobile internet connectivity on such SIM cards, the telecom service providers will have to verify the credentials of the subscribers, Rohit Kansal said.

Internet service providers have been asked to provide fixed internet line connectivity in all the 10 districts of Jammu region and two districts, Kupwara and Bandipora, in North Kashmir, he said.

The order will come into effect from today, the official added.

Telecom services were shut in entire Jammu and Kashmir region on August 5 last year when the Indian government repealed its special status to the erstwhile state and also bifurcated it into two federally-administered territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The Supreme Court of India came down heavily on the Jammu and Kashmir administration last week for “arbitrarily” shutting down the internet, a facility described as a fundamental right by the apex court.

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