Telcos will collect Aadhaar number for issuing new SIMs
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked all mobile operators to collect Aadhaar number along with the customer application form for issuing new connections and store the unique identification number in their database. The DoT has also asked the operators to amend their database in two months for adding the Aadhaar number.
According to DoT sources, the directive will be applicable in all cases irrespective of whether the mobile connection is issued by taking Aadhaar card or any other document as proof of identity and proof of address. The government is also working with all stakeholders in resolving the issue regarding use of Aadhaar card as proof of address for procuring new SIM cards in its proposed online verification system.
“The issue regarding use of Aadhaar card as proof of address for procuring new SIM cards in its proposed online verification will be in place in next two months,” Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) Secretary RS Sharma has said. The home ministry had raised multiple concerns over using UIDAI number as an address proof in the DoT’s proposed online verification system, citing possible issues in the supporting Aadhaar data.
The home ministry had expressed uncertainty over supporting documents submitted by people as proof of identity and proof of address for getting the Aadhaar number in the first place. The ministry had also raised concern over involvement of foreign vendors by UIDAI for storing data and suggested audit of data security.
Pensioner can now digitally provide proof of existence
A pensioner can now digitally provide proof of his existence to authorities for continuity of pension every year instead of having to present himself physically or through a Life Certificate issued by specified authorities. This will be enabled through the Jeevan Pramaan scheme, an Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate for pensioners.
“The proposed digital certification will do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to submit a physical Life Certificate in November each year, in order to ensure continuity of pension being credited into his account,” a PMO statement said.
The Department of Electronics and IT has developed a software application that will enable the recording of the pensioner’s Aadhar number and biometric details from his mobile device or computer, by plugging in a biometric reading device.
Key details of the pensioner including date, time and biometric information will be uploaded to a central database on real-time basis, ultimately enabling the pension-disbursing agency to access a Digital Life Certificate. This will conclusively establish that the pensioner was alive at the time of authentication, the statement said.
At present, 50 lakh individuals draw pension from the central government alone. A similar number draw pension from state and union territory governments. Several PSUs also provide pension benefits, while over 25 lakh retired personnel draw pension from the armed forces.