Ban on SMS ordered by J&K Government: BSNL replied to SHRC

In reply to the notice sent by the State Human Rights Commission in the complaint filed by HR activist Deepak Sharma regarding revocation of Ban on SMS services in the state, the central Government owned BSNL has submitted that the Ban on SMS services was ordered by the Home department of J&K Government.

SMS banThe SHRC in its communication no. SHRC/71-J of 2013/860 dated 29/06/2013 has sent notices to the Ministry of Telecommunication, Commissioner Secretary Home,J&K Govt. and Chief General Managaer BSNL to furnish report in the matter and the case was listed before single bench on 16/07/2013.

The Chief General Manager, BSNL in its report submitted before the SHRC that the order to ban the SMS services of prepaid subscribers in the state was ordered by the Home department of J&K Government, where as the other two respondents Ministry of Telecommunication and Commissioner Secretary Home J&K Government failed to submit report within the stipulated time period fixed by SHRC.

While showing its surprise over the reply of the BSNL that the order was passed by J&K Government, the activist Deepak Sharma stated that on one hand the State Government  is in continuous demand of revocation of AFSPA in the state on the grounds that the situation in the state has improved and hence AFSPA should be removed while on the other hand they show a different standard when it comes to revocation of SMS ban in the state whereas the SMS ban was imposed by their own Government and hence the state Government should  first revoke the Ban on SMS services in the state .

It is pertinent to mention here that a complaint was filed to the State Human Rights Commission by an HR activist Deepak Sharma demanding to revoke the ban on SMS services in the state on the grounds that when services like watsapp , facebook and twitter etc are actively working in the state, the Ban on SMS services becomes irrelevant and undemocratic and hence should be revoked.

The SHRC has fixed August 27 as the next date of hearing in this case.


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