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Centre asks how: 5000 J&K SIMs verified daily

The Union Home Ministry has sought details about the mechanism adopted by telecom operators in Jammu and Kashmir in re-verifying pre-paid mobile customers....

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: February 19, 2010 12:47 am

The Union Home Ministry has sought details about the mechanism adopted by telecom operators in Jammu and Kashmir in re-verifying pre-paid mobile customers. This comes a day after Home Minister P Chidambaram questioned how more than 1.6 lakh subscribers were re-verified within a period of 24 days that included several holidays and shutdowns in the Valley.

The Union Home Ministry has now sought to know how many special camps were organised by the telecom operators since January 22,when the ban on pre-paid mobile connections was lifted by the Centre. The operators have also been told to give details about the documents being submitted by subscribers for re-verifying the connections.

However,the State Department of Telecommunications (DoT) maintained that the telecom operators are fully complying with the guidelines issued by the Centre. “They are activating the SIMs only after the proper documents are submitted to them,” said D R Paul,deputy director general,Telecom Enforcement,Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cell.

He said his department had not received any complaint against any service provider. “They have been given some guidelines. They have been asked to match the photographs on the application forms with the subscribers and to seek proper identity and address proofs from them,” he said. “They are re-activating the mobile connections only after doing this.”

On November 1,the Centre had imposed a ban on pre-paid mobile services in

the Valley on grounds of security concern. Lifting the ban on January 22,the government had asked the cellular operators to re-activate pre-paid connections only after re-verifying each subscriber.

With PTI

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