Reports Of 50 Crore Mobile Numbers Being At Risk Of Disconnection Are Rumours, Says DoT & UIDAI

| October 18 , 2018 , 12:15 IST

The department of telecommunication (DoT) and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) have rebuffed the media reports on Thursday that 50 crore mobile numbers are at risk of disconnection.

In a joint press statement, the DoT and the UIDAI have said, "The news report tries to create unnecessary panic among mobile users by claiming that “they stare a prospect of disconnection if SIM cards procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification are not backed up by a fresh identification.”

"People should not believe in such rumours," it added.

The DoT and the UIDAI clarified that the Supreme Court in its judgement has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar eKYC has to be disconnected, adding that the Court has also not asked to delete all the eKYC data of telecom customers after 6 months.

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"The restriction of not keeping authentication log beyond six months is on the UIDAI not on the telecom companies," the statement reads. 

"They are in fact required to keep Authentication logs at their end as per Aadhaar regulations to resolves any consumer grievances," it added.

Further, the UIDAI and the DoT in the light of the Supreme Court verdict said that if anybody wishes to get his/her Aadhaar eKYC replaced by the fresh KYC, he/she may request the service provider for delinking of his/her Aadhaar by submitting fresh OVDs as per earlier DOT circulars on mobile KYC. But in any case her/his mobile no. will not be disconnected.

Commenting on the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar that prohibits the issue of new SIM cards via Aadhaar eKYC process the UIDAI and the DoT said, " The Supreme Court has prohibited the issue of new SIM cards via Aadhaar eKYC process due to lack of a law. There is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones."