As per the recent official sources, the process of re-verifying the existing mobile subscribers using Aadhaar is to become simpler, convenient and more user-friendly. The government has recently announced three measures which would let people complete this process of linking from the comfort of home. The steps include verification via the OTP(one-time password), Aadhaar app, and also the IVRS facility. Also, even with this people can continue visiting mobile stores to register for the biometrics and complete the process.
Here, the sources have pointed out that, “This means that if one mobile number is registered in the Aadhaar database, then the OTP method can be used for re-verification of that number as well as other mobile numbers owned by the subscriber”.
Further, the sources have also added that almost 50 crore mobile numbers have already been registered in the Aadhaar database, and the OTP can be leveraged for re-verification in all of these cases.
The deadline for this authentication of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, being termed as re-verification, has been fixed on February 6, 2018. Now, a detailed description of the various ways in which people are enabled to link their mobile number to Aadhaar:
One- Time Password (OTP):
The government has instructed the operators to initiate the request for OTP on the user’s mobile number which has been already been registered with the Aadhaar database. This method can be further used for re-verifying the other mobile numbers that are also being used by the subscribers. So, now this OTP mode will aid to e-verify cell phone numbers via websites or mobile apps.
This process has been made more secure now as telecom operators have asked not to reveal full e-KYC details of subscribers to agents, unlike the situation prevailing previously. Agent-authentication assistant can be sought for SIM re-verification as well as issuance. Additionally, data will be no longer being stored on the agent’s device.
Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS):
IVRS is also quite a proclaimed method for Aadhaar verification, however, is only meant for designed apps.
Finally, telecom operators have been directed by the government to deploy iris scanning devices at service points. This would be especially proven to beneficial for the disabled and the senior citizens, who might have met with obstacles while verifying their identities via fingerprint-based Aadhaar authentication.
As per the latest norms, apart from the re-verification of existing prepaid and post-paid mobile numbers, getting a new mobile number connection also needs an Aadhaar based e-KYC now. In all probability, the government hopes to finish this re-verification process by early next year.