Few days following the ban on pre-paid connections in Jammu and Kashmir, around 38 lakh mobile connections are virtually dead as soon as the recharge facilities were wear hold through the telecom operators. The pre-paid connections were getting snapped with all the expiry of recharge or validity facilities, reports Greater Kashmir.
"For earlier times two days, I am running from pillar to write to recharge my phone however it is not available anywhere. I have not one other option left but to interchange over to expensive post-paid service," said Inam-ul-Haq, a teen from Habba Kadal, waiting outside an Airtel outlet at Raj Bagh.
The subscribers complained that their SIM cards were being cancelled with virtually no prior information. "My SIM got blocked out of the blue yesterday as well as the vodafone customer care personnel laughed and said to convert it into post-paid," said a subscriber. The sources inside the telecom companies said the registration of a large number of pre-paid connections was being cancelled every single day.
"Registration of about 10,000 to 12,000 subscribers becomes cancelled daily. We can't stop all the cellphones in one go, so it's being done in a much quantified manner," said an Airtel official.
As the recharge facilities with the state-owned operator, Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) were available till Sunday noon, these people were stopped by operators like Airtel customer care number, Aircel, Vodafone and Reliance the minute the ban was announced on November 1.
"We have received information of all telecom businesses that recharge facility aren't going to be available now. The companies have stopped both recharge and top-up facilities with customers craving for yesteryear three days of these facilities," said Bashir Ahmed Dar, Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir STD/PCO Owners Association.
Dar added an agitation could well be launched resistant to the ban. He said traders associations of Kashmir could be joining hands using them to protest the move. "We is going to be forced to take a considerable step when the ban wasn't revoked soon," he was quoted saying.
According to Dar, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) guidelines, which might be same for that post-paid, were being followed by all of the counters while giving pre-paid SIM cards.
He also added which the ban stood direct affect 10,000 outlets along led to unemployment approximately 20,000 youth.
Meanwhile, the STD and PCO owners on Wednesday lodged protest up against the ban. After the meeting, an announcement was issued from the body demanding immediate revocation with the ban.
"The ban, that's strangulated the communication system, ought to be revoked otherwise the subscribers must be provided post-paid connections on priority," the statement said.
Describing that this pre-paid services inside state were commenced during peak of militancy, the statement said, "The ban comes at a time if your centre itself claims how the militancy graph within the state has arrived down."
The association urged the STD and PCO operators to discontinue the 'night packs' while they promote immorality one of many youth.