The sources said Aadhaar mobile linkage is being done as per the orders of Supreme Court passed in February this year in Lokniti foundation case and all SIM cards have to be verified with Aadhaar within a year from the date of judgement, with all unlinked phones to be deactivated after February next year, so criminals, fraudsters and terrorists cannot use the issued SIMs.
The sources said that biometrics cannot be stored by the mobile operators nor they have access to any of the other personal data.
They said biometrics collected should be encrypted by the telecom company and sent to UIDAI at that moment itself and any storage of biometric by a service provider is a criminal offense punishable with up to three years of imprisonment under the Aadhaar Act 2016.
The Central government had told the Supreme Court in February that it would put in place, within a year, an effective mechanism for the verification of prepaid mobile users who constitute 90 per cent of the total subscribers.
Asking the government to put in place the mechanism for the verification of existing prepaid mobile connection holders “as early as possible”, the court disposed of the petition by Lokniti Foundation seeking the scrutiny of the subscribers so that those having pre-paid mobile connections on fake identities are weeded out.
Steps to link mobile number and Aadhaar are as follow:
Step 1 – Visit the nearest retailer and provide your mobile number and Aadhaar number.
Step 2 – You will receive an OTP on the mobile number provided
Step 3 – Provide that OTP and your biometrics at the retailer store.
Step 4 – Within 24 hours, you may receive a confirmation SMS. Follow the instruction as mentioned in the SMS.