SMS, broadband in hospitals resume after 149 days

Srinagar: The Short Message Service (SMS) and broadband internet of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Government hospitals were resumed after 149 days in the Kashmir valley.
However, common people, including professionals, media persons, students, traders and Doctors were not so lucky due to continued suspension of pre-paid mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including BSNL since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories (UTs).

The SMS service has been restored from Tuesday mid-night in the Kashmir valley, where authorities also resumed broadband internet service in Government hospitals only. People welcomed the restoration of SMS and were seen sending New Year greeting messages on the first day of 2020 to each other. They demanded restoration of internet service also in the valley, where hundreds had to shift to Jammu and other parts of the country to work for their national and international companies.
All communication network, including landline, mobile and internet, was suspended in the Jammu and Kashmir hours before the special status was scrapped on August 5. However, landline, mobile and broadband internet service were resumed in Jammu and Ladakh after some days. Mobile internet was also resumed in Jammu before again snapping the facility after few hours as a precautionary measure.
People in the Kashmir valley were not so lucky and only landlines were restored after about a month. It later took about three months to resume post paid mobile service though pre paid remained suspended.
Suspension of internet facility badly hit student, media persons besides doctors and other professionals in the Kashmir valley. However, government set up “ facilitation centre” for students to file their forms for admission, examination and scholarship. Traders also filed their GST returns at these centres. Media person had to file their stories to their respective organisations from a centre at Information Department office in Srinagar.