Mobile numbers with Aadhaar eKYC won’t be discontinued: Centre

New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday rubbished reports that stated that mobile connections of 50 crore subscribers – who had acquired number through Aadhaar verification – will be discontinued.

In a joint statement with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the telecom ministry clarified that risks of disconnection are untrue and imaginary. The statement goes on to say, “SC has asked UIDAI to not keep authentication log for more than six months. The restriction is on UIDAI and not on telecom companies.”

“In the light of the verdict, if anybody wishes to get her or his Aadhaar eKYC replaced by the fresh KYC, she or he may request the service provider for de-linking of their Aadhaar by submitting fresh OVDs (official valid documents) as per earlier DOT circulars on mobile KYC. But in any case, his mobile number will not be disconnected,” the statement further read.

It also said that the top court has prohibited the issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process due to the lack of a law and that there is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.

It added that the department of telecom and UIDAI are in a process of bringing out a “hassle-free and digital process” for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in Aadhaar case.

“In the proposed process, a live photograph of the person with latitude, longitude, and time stamp will be captured. The photo of her ID such as Aadhaar card, voter ID, etc., will be captured. The SIM card agent will be authenticated through OTP and SIM card will be issued.”

Reliance Jio has its entire customer base enrolled through Aadhaar-based authentication and other telecom operators too started following the process in 2017.