Mere collection of Aadhaar numbers and linking them with the bank accounts won’t help to weed out benamis and fake account holders, officials said. In less than 10 days from now, customers using Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea connections on their mobile phones will not have to visit the offices of their respective telecom service providers to get their numbers linked to their Aadhaar numbers.
We explain how this will work for users. As such, if you do not use that number now and do not have access to the SIM, you can not use the OTP facility for Aadhaar-mobile linkage. The current deadline to implement the new modes is December 1, 2017.
“Their (telecom operators’) plans have been approved… We have told the UIDAI and the Telecom Department that timeframe which has been given to the operators from UIDAI is unrealistic in terms of implementation that is being proposed”, Director-General of Cellular Operators’ Association of India Rajan Mathews said to Press Trust of India (PTI). Those with a registered mobile number will get the OTP sent to their mobile number from UIDAI.
Now users have to go to the store and do the eKYC with their fingerprints. The OTP based Aadhaar-based SIM reverification of existing subscribers will be rolled out from December 1. As per the new methods that were permitted, mobile numbers can be linked with Aadhaar through OTP (one-time password), app or IVRS facility – the measure aimed at simplifying the entire process and making it convenient for people.
COAI also said that it would not be possible for the telecom operators to fill numerous mandatory fields in the CAF in an OTP-based process. The UIDAI had said in the RTI reply that it “found that approximately 210 websites of central government, state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public”.
For now, linking the Aadhaar number and mobile number is mandatory. The letter dated November 20 also sought the UIDAI to issue the process for OTP based re-verification, consisting of SMS, mobile application and web-based methods.
The government last month had announced three new ways to complete the process of linking mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar to enable existing subscribers to undergo SIM re-verification exercise from the comfort of their home.