What has come as a relief to both users and the telecom companies across the country, the government has increased the limit of SMSes that a user can send on a particular day from five to twenty.
A notification from the Miistry of Communication said: “It has been decided to revise the permissible limit of bulk SMS/MMS to 20 in place of five with immediate effect."
The government had earlier taken the step, what many industry bodies called as drastic, keeping in view the misuse of the messaging services to spread the rumours that fuelled the mass migration of people of north eastern cities from southern cities, especially Bangalore.
The morphed images, hate-speech over the Internet and MMSes that threatened the reprisal attacks on people from north east following the deadly riots between Bodo tribals and Muslim settlers in Assam.
The communication minstry notification also informed that the 'other conditions will remain the same', hinting that a maximum number of SMSes can be sent from a mobile phone on a particular day and users would only be able to send only 20 KB data MMS in one go till the ban was in place.
Worried at the exodus of people from the southern cities, the government had, last Frida imposed a ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes for a fortnight. The telecom companies that faced the heat from the ban in the form of losses had reacted sharply to the government decision.