UIDAI gives telcos 15 days time to plan closure of Aadhar based authentication systems

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2018 17:58 hrs

The Unique Identification Authority of India on Monday asked telecom players to share plans on how they intend to discontinue usage of the 12 digit unique Aadhar number that was previously used for authenticating customers.

On Monday, the UIDAI asked incumbent players such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and others to submit their plans on how they intended to comply to the Supreme Court's latest landmark judgement on Aadhar.

The Supreme Court had struck off portions of section 57 of the Aadhar act that allowed private companies, including telecom players access to the Aadhar database.

This access had allowed incumbent players such as Reliance Jio, Vodafone, Idea, Bharti Airtel sufficient scope in adding customers to their network.

While old paper-based forms and photographs took at least 24-36 hours to verify. Using the Aadhar verification had reduced the verificiation process to less than an hour.

The UIDAI came up with a circular asking telecom players their thought. Portion of the circular was quoted in a story filed by the PTI .

The communication is as follows, "all TSPs are called upon to immediately take actions in order to comply with the judgement dated 26.09.2018. In this regard, TSPs are hereby directed to submit by 15th October, 2018 an action plan/exit plan to the authority for closure of use of Aadhaar based authentication systems..."

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