Helping people to stay connected if permitted by the connectivity related issues, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has announced relief for all mobile users, both Pre-paid and post paid who have been unable to recharge their phones or pay their bills due to devastated flood.
“It has become impossible for people with post-paid connections to pay their bills and for those with pre-paid connections to top-up their numbers. They are worried that their numbers will be cut off. After a discussion with the Communications Ministry, we have come up with a scheme. Those with post-paid connections have got a relaxation of 15 days, while people with prepaid numbers can receive as well as make calls, even with zero balance for a period of five days,” Omar said.
“After five days, we will review the situation and if it needs to be increased, we shall do so. If the Communications Ministry is unable to do so, then the state of Jammu and Kashmir will bear the costs of putting Rs 50 in each and every prepaid account in the state,” he added.
Omar also announced the opening of mobile bank branches at the worst-affected areas of the state.
“People don’t have money so I have recalled the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank and asked him to open mobile branches in all the worst-affected areas so that the people can access their accounts,” he said.