Centre is set to restart SMS services, restore broadband connections etc in the Kashmir Valley

The Centre is looking at restarting SMS services in the Kashmir Valley, as well as restoring, albeit on a selective basis, broadband connections in government offices, schools and colleges, and some private hotels of the region. SMS services were curbed in the Valley on October 14, hours after postpaid mobile connections were restored there for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. According to reports, however, mobile internet will continue to be banned for now, while restoration of broadband services is aimed at helping the state administration, students, tourists and visitors. The development comes even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to restore the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.