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Post-paid mobile services to resume in Kashmir later today

Last week, the J&K administration also lifted the ban on the inflow of tourists into Kashmir (AP file)

New Delhi: Nearly 70 days after the imposition of a complete communications clampdown in Kashmir, the local administration is set to lift curbs on post-paid mobile services in the region later on Monday.

The decision comes a week after the Jammu and Kashmir administration opened the valley to tourists.

While landline services were restored last month in the valley, the administration had raised concerns over the resumption of mobile services, citing security reasons.

“After reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a decision was taken to restore mobile phone facilities in all the remaining areas of Jammu & Kashmir. More specifically, all post-paid mobile phones, irrespective of the telecom service provider, will stand restored and be functional from 12 noon on Monday, 14 October, 2019. This will cover all 10 districts of Kashmir province,” the administration said.

Last week, the J&K administration said “tourists will be able to visit the state without being handicapped by the lack of phone connectivity. Students can be in touch with parents while attending schools, businessmen can be in touch with customers, transporters can contact clients, and contractors can be in touch with staff.”

While Kashmir has been grappling with sporadic attacks by militants in the wake of Article 370 being struck down by the Centre, with militants threatening locals to continue civil resistance, the state administration has been urging people to come out and resume daily activities.

[“source=livemint”]