With around 100.9 crores Aadhaar been issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), this document has now got more value and use.
An e-Aadhaar, which is the downloaded version of the Aadhaar card from UIDAI website, can now be used as a valid document of proof for getting new mobile connections, says Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The e-Aadhaar letter can be now used as a proof of identity and proof of address while taking a new mobile connection.
The e-Aadhaar letter can be now used as a proof of identity and proof of address while taking a new mobile connection.
The shop owner or the person at the point of sale issuing the SIM card will still need to verify the details of the customers e-Aadhaar letter with UIDAI. This includes name, address, date of birth and gender details.
This sales person will also have to take a declaration from the customer, that the details mentioned in the e-Aadhaar letter have been matched with the details received from the UIDAI. Without this declaration, the e-Aadhaar letter will not be accepted as a valid document proof.
Earlier this year the GSM and CDMA industry bodies, COAI and AUSP has requested the telecom department to accept e-Aadhaar as a valid document for new mobile connection.
“It is amply clear that there is no difference in the hard copy of Aadhaar received through Speed Post and the e-Aadhaar taken from the UIDAI website. Therefore, we request your kind intervention to issue requisite instructions and inform that e-Aadhaar is acceptable.” said the two industry bodies.
This new rule would definitely help Indian citizen who has not yet received the hard copy of their Aadhaar cards, which usually comes by India Post’s Speedpost service.