DoT asks Telecom companies to specify last date for connecting mobile numbers with Aadhaar
The DoT (department of telecom) has instructed all providers to evidently specify the final date of February 6, 2018, when they convey any text, communications, or voice messages to their users for re-confirmation of mobile numbers via Aadhaar.
The instruction dated November 13, 2017, came post the Supreme Court rolled out orders to send its instruction of November 3, 2017, expounding the final date for connecting mobile phone numbers or bank accounts with the 12-figure identity number, Aadhaar. “Any voice messages, communications, or SMS, which are to be conveyed by licensees to their mobile users related to re-confirmation of mobile connections via Aadhaar-supported E-KYC procedure, shall have the final date for re-confirmation, that is, February 6, 2018,” claimed the ministry of communications to the media in an interview through a notification this week.
“These directions must be obeyed with immediate effect and fulfillment report of execution of these orders must be supplied on e-mail by the end of this week,” the ministry claimed further. In the mean time, the telecom department is planning to finalize actions to make it simpler for users to re-confirm their mobile numbers via Aadhaar without having the need to visit the retail outlets of the telecom company, by using interactive voice response system, one-time passcode via SMS, and via the mobile apps of the telecom companies.
The department also permitted re-confirmation via iris-supported biometric gadgets and at the doors of users not able to utilize the one-time passwords or are debilitated and can’t go to retail shops. The Supreme Court had previously pulled up mobile phone firms and banks last week for conveying users by texts that their accounts will be disengaged if they are not connected to Aadhaar even when a Constitution panel is yet to make a decision on the validity of Aadhaar.
Aruna Sundararajan, the telecom secretary, had previous week explained that government will not cut off mobile connections if users are not linked with Aadhaar. She claimed that the government was hanging around for the judgment of Supreme Court on the issue of Aadhaar to make a decision on the measures to be executed if people have Aadhaar but do not wish to connect it with their mobile number.