No prepaid mobiles in Kashmir from Nov. 1
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No prepaid mobiles in Kashmir from Nov. 1

Friday, 30 October 2009, 09:57 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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No prepaid mobiles in Kashmir from Nov. 1
New Delhi: No new prepaid mobile connections would be issued nor would existing ones be renewed from Nov 1 in Jammu and Kashmir following reports that militant groups were getting SIM cards on fake identities, the union home ministry said Friday.

"The ministry of home affairs has decided that no prepaid mobile connections would be issued and existing prepaid SIM cards would not be renewed in Jammu and Kashmir after Nov 1, 2009," an official said.

The ministry has asked the Department of Telecommunications to take appropriate action to implement the decision.

The move comes after reports that militants were getting mobile SIM cards on fake documents, setting off alarm bells in the security and intelligence establishments of the insurgency-hit state.

"The step comes in the wake of the reports that proper verification is not being done while providing such prepaid mobile connections by the service providers and vendors. In some cases, a single person had been issued with multiple number of connections," the home ministry said.

"The fake documents and identity cards are also being used by the vendors particularly, in the case of prepaid connections. This situation has given rise to serious security concerns. Hence, the decision," the ministry said.

Intelligence agencies have been maintaining that private service providers were "overlooking security parameters to push their sales".

Police have arrested several people in many parts of the state including Doda, Kupwara and Srinagar after it was discovered that pre-paid connections were being used by militants. Cell phones, police said, were also used to trigger off blasts.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(5)
1: I beelive this is a nice move by Indian Govt & this step should have taken earlier. Prepaid connections are not more important than our security. People of J&K should support Indian Govt for this decesion as its typically a safety precaution.
Yes, I agree that people prefer to preapid connection because its easily avialable & its very much in their budget. So Govt should keep this in mind & should ask all the telecom authorities to launch some special postpaid plans for J&K users which should somehow be little propotional to exixting prepaid connections. If they do so, i am very much optimistic that people of J&K would not mind converting their preapid plans to postpaid.
Posted by:Bir Jasritia - 31 Oct, 2009
2: I am deeply shocked by this news, in the 21century the telecom establishment of this country are still not able to have proper security checks. Instead of get it on a poor Kashmir(taking in consideration the overall economic scenario of the state) the authorities should have made the concerned Industry more responsible in keeping the security norms intact.
Posted by:khan - 30 Oct, 2009
3: Mr PM ,Please Implement UUID project in J&K first...
Posted by:Worldleader - 30 Oct, 2009
4: Its a great step by telecom authorities but they should make sure the post paid plans cater to the need of poor. By my experience post paid is costlier than prepaid and kashmir citizens might not be happy with this decision
Posted by:Deepa - 30 Oct, 2009
yaar yahi hona baki reh gya tha,koi jeene nhi dega jammu kashmir me hume...........
sunny Replied to: Deepa - 30 Oct, 2009