The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and Telecom Department are planning to advance SIM verification method for the foreign tourists and NRIs that they are not eligible for the Aadhaar card.
Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary, said that the move over the problem would be taken in three weeks. She said,”THOSE WHO HAVE AADHAR OR ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AADHAR WILL HAVE TO VERIFY THEIR SIMs WITH THEIR AADHAR.”
One left option for the NRIs and foreign tourists could be authentication via their passports, but no move has been taken yet on the case, she added.
The SIM card verification process via Aadhaar-based authentication has been eased this week by a series of steps taken by the government permitting OTP and other modes to complete the re-verification procedure of linking mobile numbers with 12 digits biometric identifier.
All Telecom operators have been told to submit to UIDAI by November 15, 2017, a blueprint of the process to analyze the new modes (including OTP) of SIM re-verification via Aadhaar.
The government has also told the firms to carry out the process at the doorsteps of the chronically ill, disabled, and senior citizens.
The numbers can also be linked with Aadhaar via OTP (one-time password), IVRS or app facility.
Telecom operators have also been directed to install iris devices at a particular number of service points so that the mobile subscribers have access to iris authentication within a specific geographical distance.
“THERE MAY BE EXCEPTIONS SUCH AS FOREIGN TOURISTS ETC WHO ARE ON A TOUR OR NRI WHO ARE NOT ALL ENTITLED TO AADHAR. FOR SUCH PEOPLE, DoT AND UIDAI ARE EXAMINE WHAT ALTERNATIVE METHOD, WE CAN FOLLOW”.
The Telecom Secretary said that Aadhaar-based procedure for SIM verification was invested in the wake of complaints related to mobile connections being issued without proper checking by telecom operators and later cheater and terrorists are using such SIMs for wrong purposes.