Finally, some good news has poured in for Indian citizens trying to get a mobile SIM without an Aadhaar card. New instructions have been issued by the government regarding this issue. Now, operators can accept other kinds of identity verification documents (like voter ID, passport etc) to provide SIM cards to customers. Operators have been ordered to follow the notice so that customers don’t face any problems due to Aadhaar link with mobile SIM issue.
A TOI report in April 2018 stated instances of consumers not receiving a SIM card due to non-availability of Aadhaar. It has also been confirmed by the Supreme Court that Aadhaar link with mobile SIM card is not mandatory.
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Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told TOI, “The ministry has issued instructions to all telecom companies, asking them not to deny a SIM card to any individual who does not have an Aadhaar number. We have asked them to accept other forms of KYC (know your customer) documents, and continue to issue SIM cards.”
It has already been asserted by mobile companies for Aadhaar verification due to instructions by the telecom department earlier. It has been also been asserted by the department that they had issued such a notice after Supreme Court observations in the Lokniti Foundation case. SC recently said that it had not issued such orders.
The Aadhaar link with mobile SIM dilemma has affected everybody. It includes local people, NRIs, and foreigners in the country. Mobile operators haven’t been providing SIM cards the due to an absence of an Aadhaar card. According to Gadgets Now, officials sources have mentioned that the government has taken the issue seriously.
Aadhaar Link With Mobile SIM: Mobile Operators Asked To Ease Down The Verification Process
A senior official told Gadgets Now, “This kind of a denial by retailers is completely uncalled for when there is no legal basis to enforce it. Such practices will not be tolerated.”
It is being reported that the government has already asked mobile operators to ease down the verification process. The Supreme Court has extended the deadline. The center feels that there is no good effect for mobile companies to not ease the verification process.