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‘Decision On Revocation Of Ban On SMS Soon’

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Jammu/Rajouri, Oct 25: Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot Thursday said the revocation of ban on prepaid mobile short message service (SMS) in Jammu and Kashmir was under consideration of the state and central government.
“We want to lift the ban on prepaid SMS service and the centre government is considering all necessary measures on the request of state government and the decision will be taken after reviewing current security scenario in the state,” Pilot told reporters on the sidelines of a function here, after inaugurating a modernized hi-tech Speed Post Centre through video link from the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) at the University of Jammu.
Pilot, who later visited Rajouri to attend a similar function, said the ban was imposed for security concerns and the matter is now being reviewed. “The decision in this regard will soon be taken,” he said. To a question regarding the ban on outgoing phone calls from Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Pilot said: “The issue is linked with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The matter is under consideration but the situation has to normalize.”
On the Congress-National Conference terms in Jammu and Kashmir, Pilot said that the coalition was doing a commendable job in the state and will surely form the next government as well. “The UPA will easily form the government at the Center and in Jammu and Kashmir it will again be the Congress and National Conference alliance in power,” he said.
Referring to lack of mobile connectivity in border areas, Pilot said, “We have decided to install mobile towers in the areas along the Indo-Pak border and Line of Control to ensure mobile connectivity for the border residents. However, the project has to be cleared by the Ministry of Defence. Once we get the nod from the ministry, private companies will be allowed to install mobile towers in such areas.”
Pilot also visited Poonch where he reviewed connectivity related issues. Officials from the state government, Ministry of Home Affairs, Army, BSNL, Department of Telecom and others were present.
This is second review by the Minister in the last few months in view of the “sensitivity” of the area and the high priority the Government gives to development of telecom facilities in the region.
At Rajouri, Pilot launched WIMAX across the state. This would be implemented at a cost of Rs. 12.8 crores, enabling high-speed broadband access wirelessly in rural and remote parts of the state.
In Jammu, Pilot visited the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT) campus and launched a course in Computer Concepts in Dogri.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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