Aadhaar-Based Re-Verification: Telecom Department Orders Telcos to Clearly Specify Last Date in All Communications

By November 14th, 2017 AT 9:33 AM

India’s telecom department on Monday ordered all Indian telecom service providers to “clearly” convey the last date of linking Aadhaar number with mobile connections for re-verification when they send any such communications, text or voice messages to their respective consumers.

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The Supreme Court, in its order dated November 3, had directed that in the messages which are sent by banks or service providers, for linking of Aadhar with Bank accounts or phones should be specifically stated that the last date for linking Aadhaar number for re-verification. The last date for linking bank accounts with Aadhaar is December 31, 2017, while the last date for mobile connections is February 6, 2018.

“Accordingly, the undersigned has been directed to convey that the above directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court are to be compiled to avoid any contempt and, therefore, any communications/voice messages/SMS, which are to be sent by the Licensees to their mobile subscribers regarding re-verification of mobile connections through Aadhaar based. E-KYC process shall contain the last date for re-verification… these directions shall be complied with immediate effect and a compliance,” a notice by the telecom department said on Monday.

The government had previously asked Indian telecom service providers to enable a re-verification scheme using the One Time Password (OTP) for authentication of existing mobile users, in a move aimed at simplifying the Aadhaar-based verification for customers, especially senior citizens with disabilities, among others.

The government had then also asked these telcos to enable IRIS based authentication re-verification, given that some senior citizens would not be able to complete fingerprint verification due to poor fingerprint quality, disability or old age.

According to media reports, over 50 crore mobile numbers are already registered in Aadhaar database, and the OTP can be leveraged for re-verification in all of these cases.

Last week, the Supreme Court had pulled up banks and telecom service providers for creating panic by sending customers messages that their accounts will be deactivated if they are not linked to Aadhaar. A Constitution bench is yet to decide on the validity of the 12-digit identity number, according to reports.

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Kirti Khurana
Kirti Khurana

60% mobile mobile numbers have already been linked with Aadhaar untill our govt. or court decided it’d be too late for a judgment, all the numbers would have been linked with Aadhaar by then

Swami Aniruddha
Swami Aniruddha

Yesterday I visited my Central Delhi Karol Bagh MTNL Sanchar Haat to E-Verify /link my Dolphin GSM Primary No via Aadhaar ! The staff said they had not received any Information from High end or the process to be followed nor any Authentication Equipment ! They were under the idea that Aadhaar Re-Verification of Mobile No’s was only for Private Wireless Providers/Users & not for Govt service providers/users without knowing that BSNL has placed Aadhaar Authentication machines in their offices & is Authenticating Aadhaar even in the Himalayas for new GSM prepaid connection ! But they gave one suggestion that… Read more »

Kirti Khurana
Kirti Khurana

Haha Swami ji, they are just enjoying their job that has got nothing to do in first place…taken for granted…
Here in Janakpuri exchange they’ve no idea about new FRC 141 launched two months ago. They said MTNL launched it but we did not get it yet 🙂 🙂

Swami Aniruddha
Swami Aniruddha

KK,Most Mobile recharge vendors have stopped stocking on MTNL Dolphin recharges due to wafer thin margin with rules terms conditions like our GST ! Sanchar Haat (SH) only sells Rs 127 SIM & not Rs 25 SIM when Jio Airtel Vodafone SIM is Free ! In SH’s staff handset there is no mobile connectivity most of the time to do recharges inside X Change with tower on their Roof ! For those of who have a prepaid Dolphin Connection in my Circle I’m the one doing the Recharge for them via PC MTNL Recharge Site or PayTM ; Their Staff… Read more »

Kirti Khurana
Kirti Khurana

haha but still you’re lucky to latch on their H+ network.
though i have an old MTNL number which is still on 1Rs. per minute base plan, how about that?

Faraz
Faraz

Same happened with me in BSNL office in munger Bihar. They asked me to verify at any local store.

Jagannath
Jagannath

MTNL delhi mobile network is pathetic. Most of the time phone will remain out of coverage.

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