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04 November 2014

Exclusive: Department of Telecom asks Telcos to collect ‘Aadhaar’ number for issuing new SIMs

Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked all mobile operators to collect 'Aadhaar' number along with customer application form (CAF) for issuing new connections and store the unique identification number in their database.


The directive will be applicable in all cases irrespective of the fact that mobile connection is issued by taking 'Aadhaar' card or any other document as proof of identity and proof of address. 

DoT has also asked the operators to make necessary changes in their existing database in two months for adding the ‘Aadhaar’ number. According to the source, the government may go slow on linking SIM cards with Aadhaar numbers as the entire population of the country does not have the unique identification number.

Sources said - "This move will give more secure and unique ID proof for new mobile connections, since one Aadhaar number is allotted only to one person, it allows universal verification of one's identity."

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