Should the Aadhaar number be a standard part of the Mobile subscriber’s profile?
As per the UIDIA website : –
Aadhaar is a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Government of India.
This number will serve as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.
Each Aadhaar number will be unique to an individual and will remain valid for life. Aadhaar number will help you provide access to services like banking, mobile phone connections.
The guidelines are a tool to ‘Know the subscriber’, associated with each mobile number in India. The guidelines are exhaustive however in my opinion, the following two ideas will make life easier for all the participants in this process.
01) All mobile connections in individual names to be linked to their ‘Aadhaar numbers’, with one-time online authentication for existing mobile subscribers. New mobile connections to be issued only after the online authentication with the UIDAI-Aadhaar data base.
This will not only enable Aadhaar to become popular but also help the online authentication process to be streamlined. This will also minimize one individual-many mobile connections.
02) Linking of Mobile numbers with the ‘Basic Saving Bank Deposit Account’. This also will minimize one individual-many mobile connections security concerns.
As per the DOT Letter dt.09/08/2012, addressed to all CMTS/UAS Licensees in India, new guidelines effective from November 2012, stringent guidelines have be followed while selling new prepaid or postpaid mobile connections.
The guidelines in brief are: –
01) Introduction of new Application form – Unique Customer Application Form.
02) The authorized person selling SIM Card will have to mention that he has seen the subscriber and matched the photograph attached on the application form with the subscriber.
03) The retailer will also have to sign saying that he has verified documents submitted by the customer with original copies of proof of address and proof of identity.
04) Telecom operator will also have to file First Information Report against the franchisee or SIM seller if the SIM is sold against documents of any other subscriber of person without the owner of the document having any knowledge of it. The most common trick used is the usage of the Documents without the knowledge of the documents owner. This clause should eliminate such wrong usage.
05) Legal action can be taken against telecom operators for failing to act against the seller and subscriber.
06) No individual is permitted to have bulk connections with more than 10 mobile phone connections in any telecom circle by all service providers.
07) Bulk mobile phone connections’ will be activated, only after physically verifying details of subscriber and the premise of such subscriber should be re-checked by telecom operator every six month. This is to ensure the KYC on the subscriber, as such subscribers will be non-individuals.
08) The mobile connection to be activated only after details of the subscriber are updated in the subscriber base of the telecom operator.
09) The subscriber will be able to make outgoing and take incoming call, except to and from telecom operator, only after his details are verified over phone by the service provider.
10) No pre-activated SIMs’ are to be sold. In case it is established that the date of activation of SIM Card is prior to the actual sale of the SIM card, than it shall be treated as sale of pre-activated connection!!
11) Change in the name of the subscriber is not permitted in the normal course.
12) Change of address to be intimated to the Telecom operator within one week of such change, along with Address Proof.
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