Postpaid mobile services will resume from today in Kashmir after they were shut down following the government's decision to abrogate Jammu and Kashmir's special status. The postpaid mobile services will be functional from 12 pm on Monday.
The decision to resume the services was taken after reviewing the situation in the valley, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir said.
"All postpaid mobile services, irrespective of the telecom operator will stand restored and be functional from 12 noon, Monday, October 14, 2019. This will cover all 10 districts of Kashmir province," Rohit Kansal said on Saturday.
All mobile services irrespective of the operator will be restored. However, the subscribers will have to wait for some more time for the internet services to be restored.
The valley has nearly 66 lakh mobile subscribers out of which nearly 40 lakh subscribers have post-paid facilities.
The mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir were shut down on August 5 after the Centre announced in New Delhi the abrogation of the special status guaranteed to the state under Article 370 of the Constitution.
Partially fixed-line telephony was resumed in the valley on August 17, and by September 4 all landlines, numbering nearly 50,000, were declared operational.
In Jammu, the communication system was restored within days of the blockade and even mobile Internet was started around mid-August. However, after its misuse, the Internet facility on cellular phones was snapped on August 18.
Kansal said restrictions on movement have been removed in 99 per cent of the areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Since August 16 there has been a gradual removal of the restrictions and by the first week of September most restrictions were removed, barring 8-10 police stations movement restrictions have now been completely removed. Over 99 per cent of the area of Jammu and Kashmir has absolutely no restriction on movement," Kansal said.