The department of telecom (DoT) has permitted operators to carry out Aadhaar-based e-KYC of roaming users in the circle where the user currently present. This means that this can be done without needing them to return to the circle where they initially received the number. In addition to this, these telecom companies must revise their records in the background.
The DoT has also permitted telecom companies to utilize current set of regulations. The decision is set to profit a huge number of users who are out of station or on roaming, since they will not have to return to the circle where they received the SIM to conclude their Aadhaar-based e-KYC. “The department is in acceptance of different references/representations from general public and telecom industry regarding challenges being encountered by users in re-confirmation of their mobile connections while having different present residential address from the address cited in their Aadhaar or while on roaming,” the department claimed to the media while subjecting the decision last week.
The DoT has ordered that the providers must upgrade records in the database of the users of the home circle network, along with data of point-of-sale place where re-confirmation has been carried out. All providers have to re-confirm their user base, which sums to over 1.1 Billion, by connecting the Aadhaar to the mobile number, and doing the KYC or know your consumer procedure again, automatically, according to the direction of Supreme Court previously this year. The deadline for completing the job is till February 6, 2018.
According to the data from the Unique Identification Authority of India offered to the media, there was an expected 128 Crore mobile phone connections in the nation as of July and 33.8 Crore SIM cards have either been linked or issued by telecom providers utilizing Aadhaar e-KYC. This indicates that fingerprint of a user was taken to validate identity. This translates to 25% of users of mobile phone in the country so far. The rest of the mobile users in the country will have to queue up at the service centers of telecom providers with their Aadhaar data and offer their fingerprints there.