The Department of Telecommunication has come up with new methods to perform e-KYC for mobile number re-verification. This is to speed up and complete the process before the deadline allowed by Supreme Court. Moreover, the government is also considering other mechanisms for KYC verifying subscribers without Aadhaar.

We have been getting constant notifications from service providers regarding re-verification of mobile number with Aadhaar. Well, this is to comply with the honourable Super Court order issued on 6th February 2017. “Hon’ble Supreme Court stated “an effective process has been evolved to ensure identity verification, as well as, the addresses of all mobile phone subscribers or new subscribers. In the near future, and more particularly, within one year from today, a similar verification will be completed, in the case of existing subscribers.

DOT Adds Three New Methods To Verify Mobile Number With Aadhaar

Now, the Department of Telecommunications has decided to make re-verification faster and easily accessible to the public. For this, they have introduced three new methods to perform e-KYC of the mobile number with Aadhaar. They simply want to ensure that no resident may face denial of service due to a fault from their end. Let’s see what DoT has come forward with.

  1. OTP based Re-verification of Mobile Subscribers
  2. IRIS Based Biometric Authentication for Re-verification
  3. Re-verification at subscriber’s Doorstep
OTP based Re-verification of Mobile Subscribers

For this method to work, a subscriber needs at least one mobile number registered with Aadhaar. With this Aadhaar Registered Mobile Number (ARMN), you can perform e-KYC re-verification of the same mobile number or a different one. In case, if you don’t have an ARMN, you need to update it via Aadhaar enrollment center and then perform the verification. This method can include SMS or IVRS or Mobile app. Optionally you can carry out biometric verification with the telecom operator. Let us see an illustration of this process.

  1. Send SMS with ‘Aadhaar number and ARMN’ from the second mobile number.
  2. You’ll receive the Aadhaar authentication OTP in ARMN.
  3. Send a second SMS with ‘OTP and the second mobile number’ to be verified from the ARMN.
  4. e-KYC verification is complete and you’ll receive notification in both numbers.
  5. For ARMN re-verification, send the first SMS and second SMS from ARMN.
IRIS Based Biometric Authentication for Re-verification

DoT has issued instructions to Telecom Service Providers for using IRIS based authentication as an alternative for the fingerprint. Few residents are reportedly facing problems with fingerprint authentication due to poor fingerprint quality, disability or old age. So operators must deploy IRIS devices at an appropriate number of service points that are within reasonable geographic distance.

Re-verification at subscriber’s Doorstep

DoT has instructed telecom service providers to facilitate doorstep verification for residents who suffer from a disability, chronic illness or old age. The service providers must provide an online mechanism for booking or requesting a doorstep verification at the subscriber’s convenience.

Moreover, the DoT has made sure, that an agent can view only certain Aadhaar details and the agent’s device will save no information. The service providers must allow a subscriber of any License Service Area (LSA) to re-verify using OTP or biometrics. The service provider should also allow the subscriber to change address as per the address mentioned in Aadhaar card. DoT also insists every service provider to conduct door to door campaigns for re-verification of their existing mobile subscribers, so they don’t fail the court order.

Meanwhile, the process of Aadhaar linking is now been widely criticized, as there is a scope for privacy invasion. A new petition is already filed in the apex court against the decision of Aadhaar linkage. So the government is considering a different mechanism for verifying people without Aadhar. This might include identification proofs like ration card, driver’s license or passport. Hope the article was informative, Peace!

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