Srinagar: In view of the possibility of a blanket ban on prepaid mobile services looming large over Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday blamed the service providers for delaying verification.
Terming the possibility of blanket ban on prepaid mobile services in the state as regressive, Omar said, "It's the mobile service providers who are dragging their heels regarding verification and creating a problem for everyone else."

Twitting on the micro-blogging site twitter, Omar wrote, "I agree a blanket ban is regressive and counter-productive. How to avoid it is to be worked out."

Department of Telecommunication in a notification to mobile operations extended the permission for prepaid mobile connections in Jammu and Kashmir till March 31, 2011, giving rise to apprehensions that the service might be banned.

The notification was issued after discrepancies and shortcomings came to surface with regard to the verification of subscriber credentials in many cases.

(With agency inputs)