DoT Examining Proposal of Taking Fingerprint For New Mobile Connection

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT)  is examining a proposal for making it mandatory for GSM and CDMA mobile and data service providers to take fingerprint or any other biometric feature of the customers at the time of receiving application (CAF) for a new mobile or wireless service connection.

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Shri Milind Deora,  Minister of State for Communications and IT today said  that DoT has recently received a suggestion from the Home Ministry indicating that a central database be maintained by DoT of all subscribers which maintains biometric parameters akin to the ‘Aadhaar’ card system.

According to Mr Deora “As per this proposal, this would entail taking fingerprint/thumb impression or any other unique biometric feature of the subscriber when he/she applies for a mobile connection.”

However he also clarify that presently its proposal which will examined  by the DoT and decision on the same is yet to be taken.

Strengthening the rules for taking a new mobile connection, the DoT last year (in November, 2013) came with tough guidelines which called for physical verification and all other information provided by the subscriber in CAF.

The  new guidelines (effective from last year) for mobile or wireless connection  also made service providers responsible for inaccurate information provided by customers for taking new prepaid and postpaid mobile connections.

If the information furnished in the CAF is found wrong, the SIM card seller /PoS (Point of Sale) or mobile operator’s franchise may file a police complaint against the mobile subscriber within 15 days of bringing it to the notice of the telecom operators.

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Voda Dealer
August 11, 2013 7:21 pm 7:21 PM

All operator have drastically removed incentives for new connections. Moreover customer acquisition incentives is based on customer proof reaching their validation centers from the retail stores within hours. Now operators play monopoly on what each distributors earn…

Also they don’t compete with each others and remove market offers in unison. So user is left with little and is compelled to take whatever is left. TRAI is not here to protect consumers…

After all BSNL revises its tariffs with market trends.

August 9, 2013 12:48 pm 12:48 PM

Why dont the govt ask the telecom companies to Deliver sim cards to postal address, after collecting relivent documents.
This way they can easily verify their postal address and avoid missuse, this is the same way banks verify their customers.

August 8, 2013 10:01 pm 10:01 PM

Yes really very gud policy so that distributor and retailer will relief from unwanted prbs and also telecom operators ll get quality own customers. Very gud idea but please implement it soon.