Link your mobile numbers with Aadhaar, the government announced three new modes to complete the process

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Changes happen all the time, and it is up to you to lead your organization towards it, and not from it. Change can make you or break you, and the government is focusing more on changing our country as a developed one.

On Wednesday, the Centre told the Supreme Court that the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes would be extended till March 31, 2018. So the people have enough time to link their Aadhaar card in all respective places.

Communications minister Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday, that the government for this has opted three new ways to make things more secure and easy, The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has introduced the three new rules :

  • The first includes the one-time password (OTP) to ease the process of linking the 12-digit Aadhaar identity number with individual mobile numbers.
  • With the one-time password, app-based and interactive voice response (IVRS) facility, to link Aadhaar with the mobile numbers.
  • As all the subscribers can now link their registered mobile numbers to Aadhaar without visiting the telecom service providers’ stores.

A DoT statement said that “The process of re-verification at subscribers’ doorstep, just to make things easy for the senior citizens and the people with disability and chronic illness,” It will be more convenient for the people if the telecom operators should provide an online mechanism for people to request such service and based on availability schedule the visit and complete the process.

The minister said that “The Aadhaar number plays a very important role, according to the system is necessary for all the residents of the country to have their own Aadhar number to have access to all critical government services and important information that they may need at different times, mobile penetration is increasing rapidly in the country and the subscribers need to be given with the ease of linking of the Aadhaar number with the mobile number,” he added.

Sinha said: “Government will upon all the changes, by keeping in mind about the improvement, others convenience to reduce time and energy spent by consumers to accessing government information and services that is their right to access.”

As per the information “ In a family if one mobile number is registered in the Aadhaar database, then the OTP method can be used for re-verification of that number as well as other mobile numbers owned by the subscriber,” (through website, and other means) Operators have been asked to put in place an online mechanism for people to request for such service.

More than 50 crore mobile numbers, till now have been already registered in the Aadhaar database, and the OTP can be leveraged for re-verification in all of these cases, the source added, telcos have been asked to ensure that full e-KYC details of subscribers are not made visible to the agent. Nor should data be stored on the agent’s device, in case of agent-assisted biometric authentication for SIM re-verification or issuance, as per the report.

In the current situation, the slew of measures being undertaken are aimed at improving ease of re-verification and its success rate, e-KYC data of the subscriber, including photographs, are visible to the agent of the telecom operator, even the telecom operators have also been directed to deploy iris devices at an “appropriate number of service points” so subscribers have access to iris authentication “within a reasonable geographical distance”.

People who face problems with fingerprint authentication, owing to poor fingerprint quality, disability or old age, this will be easy for them, the source explained.

As per the DoT’s instruction the telecom service providers to provide iris or fingerprint-based authentication of Aadhaar, Aadhaar-based e-KYC is essential for subscribers going for new SIMs. Other than that, the government has asked mobile operators to re-verify existing prepaid and postpaid customers, with the help of the 12-digit number. By early 2018, the re-verification exercise is scheduled to be completed.

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