After making Aadhaar mandatory for the income tax returns and also applying for Permanent Account Number (PAN). Now the government has announced that it is necessary for Mobile Phone Verification also. From now onwards the Aadhar based e-KYC is mandatory for mobile connections.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) released the notification on Thursday for all the mobile service providers. They asked to reverify the existing customers prepaid and postpaid using the Aadhaar card unique identification number and biometric details. As per the instructions, this process has to complete by the next year.
Aadhar-based e-KYC is also mandatory for the customers who are procuring new Sim cards. It is another step to increase the usage of Aadhaar card across the country. It is already implemented to target the beneficiaries of some government welfare and subsidiaries. On Tuesday, the government has announced that all taxpayers have to link their PAN card to Aadhaar number by 1st July 2017.
In case if they failed to link, the permanent account number (PAN) will be deemed as invalid. The move to link Aadhaar card number to mobile phone connections was administered by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as per the orders of Supreme Court in February.
A meeting was held on 13th February 2017 in the department of the telecom industry wherein UIDAI, Trai and PMO representatives also participated in discussing the way forward to implement the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court,” said the notification issued by DoT.
According to the reports, any unverified mobile number or any number that is not linked to Aadhaar number will be illegal and invalid after 6th February 2018. The government has ordered the telecom service providers to intimate the news to their customers about re-verification through paper advertisements and sending text messages.