Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Aug 17, 2012, 11:30 AM IST
New Delhi: To check spread of rumours which has led to exodus of northeast people from certain states, government has banned from bulk SMSs and MMSs for 15 days across the country starting Friday.
"We have banned bulk SMSs and MMSs for 15 days," Union home secretary R K Singh said.
The decision was taken after reports of widespread circulation of SMSs and MMSs containing misleading information about Assam violence, threats to people of northeastern origin living in other parts of the country and doctored videos.
The home ministry has asked department of telecommunications to implement the order through the telecom operators.
From Friday onwards, no one will be able to send more than 5 SMSs in one go and more than 20 KB of data through mobile phones during the ban period.
The ban came into force after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that spread of rumours by miscreants had led to people belonging to the northeast to flee from Bangalore, Pune and some other parts of the country.
Noting that the guilty should be brought to book, the Prime Minister said that at stake was not just unity and integrity of the country, but also communal harmony.
"Any miscreant fanning rumours should be brought to book," he said.
1.45 pm: News channels have reported that the Home Ministry has placed a blanket ban on bulk SMS and MMS for 15 days, to curb spreading of rumours. Several members of Parliament had urged the minister in this regard.
12.30 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD: "This is a conspiracy/ploy to fuel divide in the country.
12.30 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD: "Facebook-Twitter fuelling rumours, they should be coontrolled—this isn't how the country is run."
12.30 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD: "The house is united when we ask for strict action against perpetrators of this feud."
11.30 am: Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha : It is our responsibilty to ensure that this rumour-mongering ends. National unity must be priority of the country.11.40am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "Unity and integrity of this country is at stake."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "Solemn obligation of all to create an atmosphere to end all rumour mongering and to make people of N-E feel secure in all parts of country."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "This House stands united behind all people of North East. Kokrajhar events should not be used to fan rumours."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "This country is as much of people of N-E as any of us. Will work together to control elements out to create trouble."
11.15 am: Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition Lok Sabha :"Let us say in one voice in this parliament to all residents of North East that this country is yours...we are all with you...study, live where you want...you will be looked after."
Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition Lok Sabha : Time for people to rise above politics and take concrete steps to ensure confidence amongst the people from North East.
11:00 am: The issue of mass exodus of the North-East people rocked Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha as they opened for debate on Friday.
Students from the North-East have been fleeing various places including Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
Leaders from Samajwadi Party, CPM, BJP and JD(U) had given a notice for an adjournment motion for the suspension of question hour over the mass exodus.