Mobile service clients who need to get their Aadhaar details removed from the records of telecom services would need to give alternative verification documents, industry body COAI said Thursday.
Telcos To Delete Aadhar Card Details If the Customers Gives Alternate KYC
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), as likewise directed by the Department of Telecom, said that the services won’t be separated amid the change in the documentation process.
“Telecom players had a meeting with the Department of Telecom and they have been clarified that customers willing to get their Aadhaar details deleted from telecom operator data base should be allowed to do so against valid identity and address proof,” COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said.
COAI, whose members incorporate Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and so on, said Aadhaar remains a valid document for client check like other government approved archives including Passport, Driving License, PAN card, Voter ID and so on, however, while getting another connection, no verification of endorser details by UIDAI will be done now.
“Telecom operators always comply with instructions and regulations passed by DoT and we will adhere to the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s verdict. We shall await further orders and instructions from DoT,” Mathews said.
“The industry is prepared to work closely with DoT to find viable and legal solutions of using Aadhaar based identification process which also fits with the Government’s Digital India mission. Currently, we are closely working with DoT to build a completely hassle-free alternate digital verification process. Customers’ convenience tops the priority for our member operators and the industry is committed to ensuring that subscribers face no disturbances whatsoever,” Mathews said.
He said clients who need to get their Aadhaar erased from services database should call their administrators to check about the purpose of offers or administration where they have to run with demand for cancellation of Aadhaar records.
The administration Thursday said there is no danger of suspension of mobile numbers issued using Aadhaar, following the Supreme Court deciding that banned use of the national biometric ID by privately owned businesses.
Exposing reports that more than 50 crores, or half of the mobile SIMs in the nation, confront deactivation, the Department of Telecommunication and the 12-digit unique identity number-issuing specialist UIDAI in a joint articulation stated, mobile clients at their decision can look for a difference in their Aadhaar-based validation done in the past with interchange evidence of personality with no detachment of the number.