Operators asked to beef up verification
Ministry of Home Affairs Mulls Resuming Service
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Dec 26: Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday asked the cellular operators to devise a “foolproof mechanism” to verify the antecedents of the prepaid subscribers in Jammu and Kashmir for early resumption of the service.
A high level meeting chaired by the Union Home Secretary G K Pillai in New Delhi Saturday is understood to have held extensive discussion about lifting the ban on prepaid services in JK. “It was decided that cellular operators would be asked to devise a foolproof mechanism to verify the antecedents of the subscribers before issuing new prepaid SIM cards,” a top State Government official who was present at today’s meeting told Greater Kashmir over phone from Delhi.
The meeting was attended by the top officials of the state including the Chief Secretary
S S Kapur, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda, Additional Director General (CID), K Rajendran and representatives of the Intelligence Bureau and other security agencies.
The officer said the central government had agreed to lift the ban on prepaid services but before announcing the decision it wants to make sure that no chances are taken in future while issuing new SIM cards. “The Government has to make sure that security concerns are addressed. Ball is in the court of cellular operators now. They have to act fast,” he added.
The meeting, according to the official, also decided to file a joint reply in the Supreme Court on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the ban filed by the Panthers Party Chief Prof Bhim Singh. The case is scheduled to come up for hearing on January 8.
Amid security concerns, the Centre in October this year banned pre-paid mobile phone connections in the state, sparking widespread protests. The ban had affected around 38 lakh customers, which comprise 95 per cent of total cellphone clientele in the state.
Earlier this month, the cellular service operators were asked by the government to travel to the state for having discussions with the officials there for fine-tuning the procedures in issuing the pre-paid service to customers.
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