It was only last week, when the Indian government imposed a ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes, in order to hinder the rifeing rumors regarding the violence in Assam. However, on August 23, the government brought a relieving news for the baffled customers by announcing that restriction of 5 SMSes per day has been increased to 20 SMSes per day with immediate effect.
Ban was imposed a few days back when humungous number of messages started to circulate the country regarding riots in Assam, which led to the mass flee of Northeast citizens from different parts of the country.
As per a notification issued by the Ministry of Communications, mobile users will now be able to send a maximum of 20 SMSes per day along with more than 25 KB of data. Last week Union Home Secretary RK Singh had announced a ban on bulk SMS and MMS for 15 days.
Apart from the SMSes, hate messages also started to circulate through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a step to curb the same, Government has already banned several web pages which publicized such threats and misleading rumors.
Following the outbreak of anti-northeast messages, Home ministry had asked Department of Telecommunications to restrict SMSes with the help of telecom providers.
Mobile customer base in the country which exceeds more than 930 million welcomed the ban with mixed emotions. In a meeting with the press, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the people behind the outbreak will be brought to justice. He added that communal harmony of the country is at stake and steps will be taken to ensure that unity and integrity of the country stays intact.