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Short message service (SMS) on all mobile phones in Kashmir and broadband internet services were restored in state hospitals from midnight on Tuesday, exactly 150 days after the government imposed restrictions in the valley. A senior official announced the resumption of these facilities on Tuesday.

On August 4, one day before the center’s special status was withdrawn, cellular, landline and Internet services in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir were separated and split into two Union territories: Jammu and Kashmir with a legislative assembly and Ladakh without one.

The government has gradually restored telephone lines, but Internet services and prepaid cellular services remain suspended. While landline connections were restored between mid-August and September, mobile services were available again on October 14 after payment was received. Last week, mobile internet services were restored in Kargil, part of the Ladakh territory.

“On December 10, machine-assisted text messaging was activated on mobile phones in Kashmir to give students, traders, scholarship holders and other citizens the opportunity to receive scholarships. It has now been decided to resume text messaging on mobile phones throughout the Kashmir Valley from midnight on December 31, ”said Rohit Kansal, spokesman for the J&K administration.

“The government has been continuously trying to get as much and as fast as possible. Since August 5, we have been moving in that direction in both Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Kansal said the administration supports students, contractors, tour operators, government officials and others through 900 Internet access points set up across Kashmir. “Almost 600,000 people have benefited … As a result of the process, the decision was made to restore broadband Internet access to government hospitals from midnight on December 31,” he said.

He added that the government has decided to extend the Market Intervention Program (MIS) for cashmere apple growers until March 2020. “19-l-ton apples have been exported since September and the decision was made to extend the MIS to March 2020. ” he said.

When asked to reserve young people in government jobs, he replied that various proposals were currently being considered by the administration.

After the detention of three former ministers, the leader of the national conference, Farooq Abdullah, his son, Omar Abdullah, and the leader of the Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, he said: “I’m not here to comment on individuals , but I would say again that the local authorities are assessing the situation and taking appropriate action. They have been doing this since August 5th and will continue to do so. “

Opposition parties have condemned the continued detention of a number of leaders and politicians, including the three former CMs, and have criticized the communication blockade.

The central government has claimed that it is committed to the development of Jammu and Kashmir, and Article 370 has been repealed to initiate development in the region.

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