The government has notified all telecom operators to initiate the process of aadhaar-based verification of new and existing mobile phone subscribers, the move that comes in the wake of Supreme Court’s decision last month which ordered all telecom companies for aadhaar-based eKYC (know your customer) process- prepaid or postpaid connections and that it should be completed within a year. The members of the Cellular Operators Association of India may meet later this week to discuss the rolling out of the verification process for over a billion users, which will cost them nearly Rs 1,000 crore.
The government has earlier said that Aadhaar cards will be made mandatory for filing tax returns and applying for driving license. Aadhaar number based verification will be must for driving licence including it’s renewal post October.
Moreover, PAN card will be declared invalid if it’s not linked with aadhaar number. It will be implemented from 1 July 2017 onwards. Income tax returns filing will also be not possible without unique identity number from 1 July 2017 onwards.
Modi government had made clear in the past that Aadhaar card would be an important tool in the future.