UIDAI Seeks a Plan From Telcos on How to Discontinue Aadhaar-Based eKYC by October 15

Aadhaar body, UIDAI has asked telecom service providers in the country to prepare a plan in the next 15 days on how to stop using the 12-digit Aadhaar-based eKYC authentication. This move comes a week after the Supreme Court decision which imposed curbs on the use of Aadhaar as a mandate by private firms including banks and telcos. UIDAI has already issued a circular on the same to telcos including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, BSNL and others.


The communication, seen by PTI, says: “…all TSPs are called upon to immediately take actions in order to comply with the judgement dated 26.09.2018. In this regard, TSPs are hereby directed to submit by 15th October 2018 an action plan/exit plan to the authority for closure of use of Aadhaar based authentication systems…”

Supreme Court Laid Down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act

The Supreme Court, last week, struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allowed private companies to use the 12-digit biometric ID-based eKYC. Following this, private companies like telecom operators will not be able to use this instantaneous and inexpensive Aadhaar eKYC route.

This would mean that the industry will have to revert to alternates like legacy paper-based technique (collect physical paper forms with signature, photographs, ship to verification centre and call up the customer to cross-verify submitted details). The turn around times in this route is between 24-36 hours.

When contacted, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said: “In order to ensure smooth discontinuation…there are certain requirements which are there under the Aadhaar regulations…so the companies are in the best position to know what exactly is needed and they can submit their plan by October 15. If any additional requirements are to be done from the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India ) side, we will tell them after receipt of their plan.”

eKYC is the Only Fastest Way to Activate a New Mobile Connection

After the rollout of eKYC, it became easy for the telcos to offer instant activation of a new mobile connection. With the help of eKYC, telcos were able to activate a new mobile connection in less than an hour, as opposed to other identification proofs, which might take up to 24 hours to activate a mobile connection.

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Priyansh Singh
Priyansh Singh

I disagree to this squashing of Section 57. Banks and Telcos should be allowed to do KYC through it but need not rush it. Process is lot more Smoother & Hassle Free for everyone who are owner of the A/C. Others find it messy.


@priyansh Thank God, you are not the Supreme Court judge and instead we have someone who knows the constitution and what is ok and not ok as per constitution…. almost!

SC (KPA, Kolkata circle)
SC (KPA, Kolkata circle)

Though this verdict of Honorable Supreme Court have to be followed by all Operators, but as per my personal experience this is not a good decision at all. I just want to share my experience. When there had no adhar link option; we had to fulfill form with proper documents to the retailers, I had 1 airtel sim , 1 Rgsm and 1 Hutch sim in 2009. In 2017 I attempted to port my Rgsm no to airtel. I tried it for three times and all the time it was cancelled. After several inquiry I came to know that as… Read more »


@SC A simple solution could be that the first phone you have with an operator will get a SMS every time a new number is activated on it OR operator allows you to check all numbers registered on your name online. There is no need for Aadharsh for a simple solution like this.

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

Yes, an OTP based method should be in place, and any ID proof + registered mobile number should be used for this. No need for that eKYC thingy.

Priyansh Singh
Priyansh Singh

Govt should have tabled such an important point in front of the judiciary. Aadhaar based eKYC was better than anything else. Same should have been linked to SIM and to Voter ID Cards asap.

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