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Kashmir violence a blessing in disguise for BSNL

Sources say that police, however, have directed the service provider to initially provide postpaid SIM cards only to its cops and government employees and not to issue it to other people.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar |
July 25, 2016 6:34:34 pm
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The ongoing protests in Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Militant commander Burhan Wani and the subsequent information clampdown from the government has come as a blessing in disguise for the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

On the night of July 8, the day Burhan was killed, Jammu & Kashmir government banned the cellular services across networks except BSNL postpaid connections and fixed line services. While the services of other networks continue to remain suspended, people have been thronging the state-run service provider to get new postpaid connections making a beeline outside the BSNL counters.

Sources say that police, however, have directed the service provider to initially provide postpaid SIM cards only to its cops and government employees and not to issue it to other people.

The exception for police personnel and government employees sources say, has been turned into a “money minting” opportunity by BSNL and new postpaid SIM cards are being issued even to commoners but at much higher costs. “There are large queues outside the BSNL offices and a single SIM card is being sold for 2000 to 3000 rupees as against the actual cost of rupees 500,” an official said. “People are desperate to get hold of a working SIM card and they are ready to pay anything.”

BSNL’s General Division in Kashmir division, Mohammad Saleem Beg refused to comment on this saying the “situation in valley is not conducive”.

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