Srinagar, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

After shock defeat in the Parliamentary elections, the Jammu and Kashmir government lifted restrictions on Short Message Service (SMS) on pre-paid mobile phones after a period of about four years.

The SMS service was withdrawn by all Cell phone companies, including Bharat Samchar Nimgam Limied (BSNL) on the directions of the state government believing that it was being misused to spread rumours during 2010 unrest.

An official spokesperson said here this evening that on the instructions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the restriction on SMS service on pre-paid mobile phones in the state has been revoked.

This was the first people friendly decision of the state government after receiving a drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, losing all the three seats in the Kashmir valley.

He said Mr Abdullah asked the agencies concerned to lift the restrictions after cellular companies requested the Chief Minister for the same.

Restriction on SMS on pre-paid mobile phone of all companies was imposed in 2010 when more than 120 people, mostly youths, were killed in alleged security force and police firing.

However, ban on telecast of news and political discussion on local television cable channels will continue. Ban on these cable channels was imposed during 2010 unrest.

The government has also directed all senior bureaucrats not to participate in any discussion on these local cable channels.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)