The operators are planning to write to the PMO that they want to use the Aadhaar database to sell SIM cards or connections.
Telecom operators plan to seek the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to be allowed to use the Aadhaar biometric database to speed up subscriber verification since the home ministry is said to have objected to the idea citing security concerns, two people familiar with the matter said.
While the operators want to use the Aadhaar database to migrate to an online system of subscriber verification, the home ministry is not convinced that the biometric data will suffice to establish a person’s address.
The telecom carriers cutting across GSM and CDMA platforms have decided to shortly approach the PMO, which had earlier this year advocated digitisation of the mobile subscriber verification process as part of the Centre’s Digital India initiative.
The operators are planning to write to the PMO that they want to use the Aadhaar database to sell SIM cards or connections because this will be a more convenient, secure and cost-effective way than the current system and it will also help enable instant activations since the exercise will be paperless, said one of the persons, who did not wish to be identified.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) supports the concept of Aadhaar-based verification, but the home ministry is yet to clear it.
The current system of verification involves loads of paperwork and comes in the way of market expansion, according to telecom companies.
The operators are likely to urge the PMO to advise the DoT to abolish the current subscriber verification process notified three years ago and implement the Aadhar e-KYC service on a permanent basis at the earliest.