MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, Jan 1: Valley hospitals continue to face internet ‘clampdown’ while Short Message Service (SMS) was confined to government owned BSNL connections only a day after the administration announced broadband restoration in all government hospitals and SMS service across Kashmir.
Commissioner Secretary Planning, Rohit Kansal, who is also a government spokesman during a presser in Jammu on Tuesday announced that broadband will be restored in all government hospitals while SMS service will be restored across Kashmir from midnight.
However broadband service which were snapped on August 4 midnight across Kashmir are yet to be restored at valley’s major hospitals. So far as SMS is concerned, it was restored on BSNL connections only with users of other cellular networks including JIO, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cannot make or receive message on their handsets.
A senior official of one of the valley’s major hospitals said broadband has not been restored in the institution so far. He also said that they did not receive any official communiqué in this regard.
Reports also said that most of the government hospitals in Kashmir continue to face internet clampdown with administration so far mute on the issue.
Stringent restrictions were imposed and all modes of communication suspended hours before the constitutional position of Jammu and Kashmir was repealed and erstwhile state downgraded into two Union Territories on August 5.
Naveed Ashraf a Jio user said SMS service was not restored on any other mobile network in Kashmir except for BSNL.
“I cannot send or receive message on my mobile while my brother who uses BSNL connection can avail the service. I am surprised why SMS service was not restored on other networks. We demand that service should be restored on other networks as well,” said Naveed.
Another user said government should come clear whether SMS service has been restored on BSNL only or the users of other networks could also avail the service.

-Kashmir Times-