Soon Aadhaar card to be made mandatory for new mobile connections in 5 circles

RCOM Introduces Simply Reliance Tariff on Fixed Wireless PhoneGovernment of India entities, as well as major telecom operators, have agreed to test Aadhaar-card based e-KYC for issuing SIM cards in five circles as a pilot project.

With this, Aadhar number will be mandatory for one to buy a new Sim card. However, all telecom companies to slowly ask customers to submit their Aadhar number with their new connection request.

Two months ago, Department of Telecom (DoT) had asked all mobile operators to collect ‘Aadhaar’ number along with customer application form for issuing new connections and store the unique identification number in their database. DoT had also asked the operators to amend their database in two months by adding the ‘Aadhaar’ number.

This pilot will be conducted in Bhopal, Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow and Bengaluru by telecom operators. These include Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited along with Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular.

Under the proposal, a person would be able to avail of a new SIM card instantaneously by entering the Aadhaar number and biometrics, without needing to present a physical documentary proof. The Unique Identification Authority (UID) servers from the back-end will verify the antecedents.

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The Home Ministry had raised multiple concerns over using UIDAI number as an address proof in the DoT’s proposed online verification system, citing possible issues with the supporting Aadhaar data. It said that unlike ‘Aadhaar’, other acceptable proof of address documents such as passport, driving licence do not have the status of universality and therefore “even higher levels of error in these documents may not translate into comparable volume of security concerns.

The Home Ministry had also raised concern over the involvement of foreign vendors by UIDAI for storing data and has suggested audit of data security.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued Aadhaar numbers to over 70 crore residents in the country.

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February 6, 2015 10:00 pm 10:00 PM

does home ministry say passport has less status of universality than aadhar card?

February 6, 2015 9:15 pm 9:15 PM

In case of Aadhar card, what will be the minimum age limit for buying a SIM card ? (in case voter id, it is 18yrs)

Debasis adak
March 6, 2017 2:22 pm 2:22 PM

18 years age is mandatory for buying SIM card, exception a Minor Customer will take a SIM card to give a Anexure(as per Dot Rules)

sonu singh
February 7, 2015 6:40 pm 6:40 PM

Yes DOB is mention on aadhar from which telecome oprator calculate age if subscribe found 18 or 18+ then it acceptable..

February 6, 2015 9:07 pm 9:07 PM

If the proposal follows the same steps like the one followed in USA and UK, it would be a good deal for both subscribers and telecom operators. Currently we have to wait 6 hr-3 days to get a SIM card activated but after the implementation, that would really be quick.

sonu singh
February 6, 2015 11:41 pm 11:41 PM
Its more than 18 month we are activating all the numbers in 2 to 3 hrs. IfDOT made UID important than there will be a lot of difficulty for postpaid subscriber in case of change of address. till date we do not have edit options in UID..and as per my experience there is always a lot of mistake in address written on UID..and it will fail because there is no connection between telecome oprator till date to check how many connection did a customer hold on his name.a Customer can take 9 connection from 1 voter id card in 1… Read more »
February 7, 2015 7:21 pm 7:21 PM

good step by government aadhar should be linked with everything from voter to ration card because its unique identy. today lots of dupilcate data we have in india like many people have two voter card one in village one in city, two ration card lots of duplicate data, as far as aadhar edit option you can edit address online or vist the enrollment center to update your detail within 10 days address or date of birth or name it get changed

February 6, 2015 9:22 pm 9:22 PM

It will be of no help by that time there must be no need of new sim people will be using same operator there will be no competition.