Government is introducing new SIM verification method for NRIs or foreigners who are not eligible for Aadhaar.
Aadhaar linkage is not restricted to filing income tax return (ITR) and government schemes; it has been expanded to more daily essentials.
Government have issued a notice stating that all mobile SIM cards are required to be linked with Aadhaar cards and telecom companies had been earlier instructing users to start the process of linking Aadhaar card with phone numbers. And this verification needs to be done by February 2018, after that all unlined phones to be deactivated thereafter.
However, the question lies for the NRIs (Non Residence of Indians) and foreign tourist who are not eligible for Aadhaar card.
The Telecom Department and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is planning to come out with a solution for this category.
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Another way which has been simplified this week with the government is through OTP (One Time Password) and other modes to complete the process of linking mobile numbers with the 12 digit biometric identifier.
Government have asked the telecom operators to submit a blueprint of the process to UIDAI by November 2017 to function the new method of SIM re – verification through Aadhaar.
Also, the government have asked the telecom companies to provide door step service for the verification for ill and senior citizens who are also existing customers.
This process of linkage can be done through OTP (One Time Password) or IVRS (Interactive Voice Response) facility as well.
This step has been taken by the government in order to prevent the numbers from misuse by the terrorist and fraudsters.