DoT makes Aadhaar number mandatory for issuing new Sim Cards

By November 3rd, 2014 AT 7:49 PM

Department of Telecom has issued a new directive asking the mobile operators to collect Aadhaar number for new connections and also make the necessary changes to their database so as to accommodate the number in their database.

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The directive says that Aadhaar number will be compulsory irrespective of the ID proof the customer submits. DoT has setup a timeline of two months for the operators to make the necessary technical changes. Government is working hand in glove with the stakeholders to accommodate the option of procuring new sim cards using Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar card is also issued for foreign nationals residing in India. This move had been criticized as it can prove to be a much effective gateway for infiltrators from neighboring countries.Home Ministry raised some doubts on the Aadhaar saying that the other ID proofs like the Passport, Driving Licence are universal. The entire Aadhaar card project taken care by UIDAI was under the scanner after it was realized that foreign vendors had been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the data.

Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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Impossible, illegal and illogical… Adhaar/UID Card cannot be a mandate to avail any govt/pvt services in India. And, Adhaar is has not yet got sufficient penetration that, it can be mandated. And, if its mandated for new connections, then all old connections are to be asked ADHAAR details for verification.

Simply impossible to mandate at the moment.

I would love to hear from where(what kind of sources) did TelecomTalk get to know this news….


This move will simply phase out similar to what happened in the case of subsidized gas connections. That is what 2 months are for. Do not worry. Adhar card cannot be made compulsory.

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