In a major development following the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration on Saturday has stated that postpaid mobile services will be restored in the Valley from Monday (October 14). Addressing a press briefing, Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal has said that the situation in the Valley has been reviewed and keeping the necessary precautions in mind, mobile phone services will be restored in the remaining areas of Jammu and Kashmir from October 14 noon.
"Having reviewed the situation, a decision has now been taken to restore mobile phone services in the remaining areas of Jammu and Kashmir. All postpaid mobile services, irrespective of the telecom operator will stand restored and be functional from 12 noon, Monday, 14 October 2019. This will cover all 10 districts of Kashmir province," Rohit Kansal during the press briefing.
In the aftermath of abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Mobile network and landlines connections were suspended across the state on August 5. Thereafter, the state administration step-by-step tried to bring normalcy to the Valley. From restoring mobile network connections in certain areas to reopening of schools and offices, attempts have been made since August 16 to gradually remove the restrictions imposed by the Centre in J&K. In a statement released by the J&K administration, movement restrictions have been completely removed in the state, barring 8-10 police stations.
"Over 99% of the area of Jammu & Kashmir has no restrictions on movement. Telephone landlines have been fully restored and are functioning for over six weeks. Mobile phone facilities were restored in Jammu and Ladakh and subsequently in Kupwara district. Media was facilitated through the Media Centre equipped with all facilities. Schools were gradually reopened since August and Universities, Colleges and Higher Secondary schools were reopened in the last 10 days. Examination schedules have been announced. Air services are operating normally," the statement reads.
The government has further urged the businessmen, industrialists, shopkeepers and traders to carry out normal activities through their day, asserting its firmness on foiling attempts of disruptive elements.
This development has two days after Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik lifted the Home Department’s advisory and urged the tourists to visit the Valley after 69 days of restriction. Satya Pal Malik reviewed the security situation in the Valley on Monday, and later ordered the administration to lift the security advisory for tourists with effect from October 10.