After income tax and PAN, Aadhaar mandatory to have a mobile phone connection

Existing and new mobile phone connections have to be linked to Aadhar says department of telecom (DoT).

The Indian government announced yesterday that having an Aadhaar card is mandatory to file income tax returns or applying for a PAN card. Now the government is said to have made Aadhaar-based e-KYC mandatory for mobile phone connections. “All licensees shall re-verify all existing mobile subscriber (prepaid and postpaid) through Aadhaar based e-KYC process,” the department of telecom (DoT) said in a notification.

The order issued by the DoT to telecom operators on Friday directs them to re-verify their customers on both prepaid and postpaid plans through an Aadhaar-based eKYC (know your customer) process by 6 February 2018. Any unverified mobile phone number, or any number not linked to Aadhaar, will be illegal after the mentioned date. The Aadhaar-based e-KYC would also be mandatory for customers who are planning to get a new mobile connection. Operators have also been asked to send a confirmation verification code to it subscribers to ensure that SIM cards are physically available with the subscribers before initiating the e-KYC process.

The new order to connect mobile phone connections to Aadhaar comes shortly after the Supreme Court announced in February that all phone numbers in India should have verified users. Mobile phone operators have been asked to inform their customers through any means possible, including print and TV adverts as well as SMSes, about the new Supreme Court order on the re-verification process.

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