Telecom ministry asks all Companies for Aadhaar Link to all Existing Mobile Numbers
All mobile services subscribers will must have Aadhaar Link to their mobile number and re-verify soon, with the government (Telecom Ministry) instructing telecom operators to start the process as soon as possible. Cellular operators body COAI said its members may meet this week to discuss the modalities of rolling out the verification process for the existing mobile phone users. “…all existing mobile subscribers (prepaid and postpaid) will re-verify through Aadhaar-based e-KYC process…,” a notification issued by the telecom department.
All companies will have to inform to existing subscribers – through advertisements in print and electronic media as well as SMS – about the order of the Supreme Court for re-verification. They have also been asked to upload the details of the exercise on their website.
The Supreme Court, in an order in February 2017, had observed that, “an effective process has been evolved to ensure the identity verification, as well as, the addresses of all mobile phone subscribers for the new subscribers. In the near future, and more particularly within one year from today, a similar verification will be completed, in case of existing subscribers”.
“After the completion of the e-KYC process, before updating or overwriting the old subscriber detail in database with the data received through e-KYC process, the licencee will seek confirmation from the subscriber about the re-verification of his/her mobile number after 24 hours through SMS,” the notification said. The operator can re-verify more than one mobile connection in one service area through a single e-KYC but not bulk connections.
For issuing additional mobile connections to re-verified subscriber, the operator would have to follow a separate e-KYC process. Verification of a subscriber would not be required in case of conversions – that is prepaid to postpaid connections or vice versa, it clarified.