Despite the ban by the Supreme Court, many known telecom companies are using the Aadhaar as e-KYC while issuing mobile SIM. Not only that, representatives of several telecom companies told our associate newspaper ‘Times of India’ that the use of biometric facility of e-KYC or Aadhaar is being used. He said that it does not waste time in doing paperwork and consumers get SIM easily.
Reflecting the release of any instructions issued by Departmental and Telecom (DoT) on behalf of telecom companies, it said that they will continue to use the e-KYC Aadhaar till it is banned by the government. A well-known company official said, “We will wait for the instructions of the Department of Telecom in this matter to stop the facility.”
A senior official of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that telecom companies can be different from the Supreme Court order. “We had warned DoT on this issue,” the official said. They have to deal with this issue.
Significantly, while marking the Supreme Court order on October 1, UIDAI gave written information to telecom companies, “Aadhaar services can not be used for mobile connection or mobile verification. With this, it was also asked to provide the plan to the operators till October 15 so that the authentication from the Aadhaar would be stopped. UIDAI said, “If the Authority (UIDAI) does not get any information about this in due time, authentication services without any notice will be terminated.”
Telecom industry is disappointed with the order of the Supreme Court, which came on September 26, because they believe that EKYC is an easy and fast medium for verification of consumers whereas while paper-based authentication, things like passports, PAN cards, driving licenses and voter IDs Required, which takes a lot of time.
‘sometime to give to mobile companies’
Another official said, “What are the mobile companies doing at this time, nothing is illegal in it. We are currently studying the judgments. We have to give mobile companies a fixed time so that the new process can be brought. ” The government has recently said that after the ban of EKYC verification through the Aadhaar, they have a new plan to issue a mobile SIM without issuing any difficulty.
Suggestion for verification by this process
UIDAI and DOT said in their statement, “The person will be taken live photograph in the process proposed by him. In addition, a photograph of the person’s ID such as Aadhaar card, Voter card or driving license etc. will be taken. The SIM card agent will perform verification via OTP and will issue the SIM. This whole process is very easy and digital. ‘
Telecom department awaiting order
DG Rajan Mathews, Telecom Industry Body Cellular Operators Association of India, says that he is waiting for the telecom department’s orders. He said, “Telecom operators always follow the instructions issued by the DOT and we will follow the Supreme Court’s decision. We will await the DoT orders and instructions.