It is now mandatory to link mobile number to Aadhaar card

The Department of Telecommunication has issued a notice to link your mobile number with your aadhaar as early as possible or else the services of your mobile may be discontinued. The Central Government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court asking the mobile subscribers to link the Aadhar card with the mobile number till February 6,2018.

The court had said that “an effective process has been evolved to ensure identity verification, as well as, the addresses of all mobile phone subscribers for new subscribers. In the near future, and more particularly within one year from today, a similar verification will be completed, in case of existing subscribers.”

The government said in the court that "all mobile phone numbers need to be linked with the basis under e-KYC verification. Also, the Aadhar card is mandatory for opening new bank accounts. If it is mandatory for all users to do so by 6th February. "

On February 6, 2017, the Supreme Court had settled the case of the Attorney General and the mobile number verification on the basis of the government's affidavit.

A meeting between officials of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) and PMO took place on 13 February to work out the modalities of the order's implementation.

Earlier, the Supreme Court issued notice to the government and mobile companies on the petition filed against linking mobile number to Aadhaar card.

How to link mobile number to aadhar?

Government has introduced three new ways, including one-time password (OTP), to connect the 12 digit aadhar number to the personal number of mobile. One Time Password, App Based and Interactive Voice Response (IVRS). Through these three facilities, your Aadhaar number can be linked with the mobile number. For this you have to take the aadhar of your operator's nearest store. Where it will be verifying your number.

Apart from this, the telecom ministry has instructed the telecom companies to make verification on the doorstep of consumers for the convenience of senior citizens, people with ill-health and critical illness

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