J&K for tougher policy for telecom operators

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 30 2009, 03:19am hrs
The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the Centre to formulate a policy soon for the telecom operators for starting pre-paid mobile services in the state which should include stringent action, besides financial penalties for firms not complying with verification process.

A delegation of the state government comprising chief secretary S S Kapoor and director general of Police Kuldeep Khoda had a detailed discussion with officials of the home ministry and department of telecom recently. During the meeting, chaired by Union home secretary G K Pillai, the state maintained that it did not have any issues over the pre-paid ban and they wanted the telecom operators behave in a disciplined manner.

The state government feels that mere imposition of a financial penalty was not helping the security agencies and that a law needs to be formulated under which stringent action could be taken against erring officials, besides imposing a financial burden on the telecom operators, the sources said.The department has imposed a penalty of Rs 7.38 crore on the six service providers operating in the state from 2008 to November 2009.