In an apparent move to stop growing illegal news Short Message System (SMS) services in Jammu and Kashmir and curtail SMS conversation between cellular users in the state, the Union Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & IT, has issued directives to 12 Unified Access Services (UAS) and Cellular Mobile Telephone Service (CMTS) licensees, including BSNL, Short Message System (SMS) management.
It has asked the cellular companies to stop schemes/tariff packages of free SMS service in the state. “SMS messages originated outside J&K service area in India and from the networks of ILD operators should not be delivered to mobile subscribers in J&K service area,” said the circular of the ministry.
The circular has advocated a limit system on the number of SMSes a subscriber can send a day. “The number of outgoing SMSs is 10 SMS per day per subscriber in the case of prepaid subscribers in J&K service area,” it said.
The government has completely banned the SMS services on postpaid SIMS. “The post-paid subscriber in J&K service area should not be allowed to originate SMSs altogether. Such facility to the existing post-paid subscribers shall be withdrawn immediately,” said the circular.
The move has come days after the police sent a notice to cellular companies in Kashmir for failing to cross-check credentials of subscribers. The police suspect more than two dozen SIM cards have been procured by militants for subversive activities.
"In case of bulk SMS connection/facility/SMS interface given to the telemarketers/users with regard to J&K, this facility will no longer be available. Until further directions nobody/no organization/no agency will be given facility for sending bulk SMS through any portal to the subscribers in J&K. Facility to the existing users is to be immediately withdrawn,” it
It also said no voice-call facility will not be given to the telemarketers. The ban has come just two months after New Delhi lifted ban on pre-paid mobile service in the state, which had affected more than 40 lakh subscribers.
Companies who received the circular: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., Bharti Airtel Limited, Dishnet Wireless Ltd, Reliance Communications Ltd., Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd., Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Idea Cellular Ltd., Loop Telecom Pvt. Ltd., S Tel Pvt. Ltd., Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd., Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Unitech Wireless (North) Pvt. Ltd.