There is no threat of discontinuation of mobile numbers issued with Aadhaar : UIDAI

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There is no threat of discontinuation of mobile numbers issued with Aadhaar : UIDAI

UIDAI: Scotching rumours that also appeared in a section of the media, the Unique Identification Authority of India on Thursday stated there was no threat of discontinuation of mobile SIM cards issued using Aadhaar, something feared after the Supreme Court barred use of the ID by private companies.

“The Supreme Court in its judgment in the Aadhaar case has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar e-KYC has to be disconnected,” it said.

Debunking the claim that over 50 crore, or half of the mobile SIMs in the country, faced deactivation, the UIDAI and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT), in a joint statement, stated mobile phone users could, at their will, change Aadhaar-based authentication by submitting an other identity proof. The SIM card would not be deactivated in the ID transition process, it stated.

The apex court had asked the UIDAI not to keep authentication record for more than six months, it stated. “The restriction of not keeping authentication log beyond six months is on the UIDAI, and not on telecom companies. Therefore, there is no need for telecom companies or AUAs/JUAs to delete authentication logs,” the statement read.

The UIDAI and the DoT are also in the process of bringing out a hassle-free digital system for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app.

The new process, the statement read, would fully comply with the Supreme Court judgment. “In the proposed process, live photograph of a person with latitude, longitude and time stamp will be captured. A copy of ID such as Aadhaar and voter cards will be captured. The SIM card agent will be authenticated through OTP and a SIM card will be issued,” it stated.