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Centre lifts ban on pre-paid mobile phones in J&K

The Government today lifted ban on the pre-paid mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir, bringing back smiles on the faces of more than 38 lakh subscribers and nearly 20,000 youth employed because of the services. Amir Karim Tantray reports.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2010 16:28 IST
Amir Karim Tantray

The Government on Thursday lifted ban on the pre-paid mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir, bringing back smiles on the faces of more than 38 lakh subscribers and nearly 20,000 youth employed because of the services.

The department of telecommunication has circulated an order to all the service providers in Jammu and Kashmir that the ban on the pre-paid services has been lifted from today onwards and they have been asked to adhere to the strict norms for issuing the SIM cards or renewing the existing ones.

This ban was imposed on November 1 last year, after the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram announced it a week earlier. He had voiced serious security concerns as the service providers had issued several hundreds of SIM cards without proper verifications and those had fallen into the hands of terrorists.

Now the service providers have been asked to go in for stringent verification process so that the terrorists cannot access this service.

Jammu and Kashmir government was also communicated about the lifting of the ban on Thursday morning, before a formal notification by the Central government came.

The lifting of the ban has warmed many hearts in Jammu and Kashmir, especially the youth who were availing this service in huge numbers.

“ It’s a great news,” said Sandeep Sharma, a university student. He was particularly happy because his service was about to expire. “ My SIM card is valid, I will get it recharged now,”he said.

There are about 38 lakh subscribers across Jammu and Kashmir, and most of them had the SIM cards of Airtel , BSNL and Tata Indicom.

The service providers in Jammu and Kashmir too have voiced their happiness over this.