Over 712 Million Mobile Numbers and 820 Million Bank Accounts Already Linked With Aadhaar As On December 8, 2017

Over 712 million connections and 820 million bank accounts are already linked with 12-digit Aadhaar biometric number. The 712 million mobile connections include both new and existing connections. And the number is on December 8, 2017, according to Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad. He informed this news to Rajya Sabha recently.


“Linking of Aadhaar with personal bank accounts is being done based on the amendments that have been effected in the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules 2005. Linking of Aadhaar with the mobile number has been effected in pursuance of…Supreme Court order dated February 6, 2017,” added Prasad.

Prasad further said: “As on December 8, 2017, 71.24 crore mobile numbers (new and re-verified) and 82 crore bank accounts have been linked with Aadhaar.”

This news is reported by Press Trust of India first, and Prasad also noted that telcos would continue verifying the mobile connections until March 31, 2018, in-line with the recent deadline extension.

Recently, the Supreme Court extended the date for linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers and other services until March 31, 2018. Alongside mobile numbers deadline extension, the Centre also extended the mandatory Aadhaar linking deadline for PAN Card, Bank Accounts, and welfare schemes until March 31.

To recall, the previous deadline for linking mobile connections with Aadhaar is February 6, 2018. It is also to be noted that the telcos would be implementing mobile number re-verification with Aadhaar using three new methods, which would simplify the entire linking process.

At the moment, telecom operators are coming up with several new methods such as doorstep Aadhaar linking, cashback on linking with Aadhaar, etc. Also, Airtel lost its eKYC license recently but temporarily got back until January 10, 2018.

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Girish Gowda
December 29, 2017 8:31 pm 8:31 PM

I haven’t linked anything with Aadhar except for my Jio number which I have yet to re-verify. I’ll see how far this goes before doing it.

December 28, 2017 6:22 pm 6:22 PM

By doing what you are doing — linking everything with Aadhaar, you are helping create a police state.

Wait till 31st March – the deadline.
There is a Supreme Court hearing in January where it will be decided if Government can force aadhar on everybody like this.

Girish Gowda
December 29, 2017 8:28 pm 8:28 PM

This Chinese account again. Hmm. I approve of Aadhar linking to everything when no physical copy has to be produced.

Sunny | Lucknow
December 28, 2017 11:58 pm 11:58 PM

Boooo police state coming, you better hide! People like these actually dream of a police state, but run by their favorite political dispensation! Nothing more hilarious than saying that a democratic country like India can ever be a police state. So stop being paranoid and give everyone a break!

December 29, 2017 8:39 am 8:39 AM

We also never thought a few years back that people won’t get killed in the name of cows. We never thought Hindu right wing fundamentalists dare to kill people such as journalists just for speaking or writing against them. We didn’t think rowdy right wing squads patrol the streets looking for and beat up lovers. Open your eyes! Take your head out of the sand!!

Sunny | Lucknow
December 29, 2017 4:53 pm 4:53 PM

Hahaha exposed ya! Now everyone will know your agenda. Thankfully except a few media houses, nobody’s interested in this propaganda people like you spread, hoping to start riots.

December 29, 2017 7:20 pm 7:20 PM

Sunny bro.

Now u r officially declared as a “Bhakt”.


December 28, 2017 2:50 pm 2:50 PM

Wow that is really a great number, I guess only few million number will remain unverified.. so no huge impact on telecom or loss of subscribers..
In my house every number is verified except mom’s Telenor number which is present in Aadhaar card that I will do myself as they are charging Rs.20. and 100 for upgrading to 4G..