Mobile phone connections that were issued on the basis of Aadhaar documents will not be disconnected, the government said on Thursday, rubbishing news reports that 50 crore numbers, almost half of the phones in India, were at the risk of disconnection.
These reports are “completely untrue and imaginary”, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the department of telecommunications (DOT) said in a joint statement.
“The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgement in Aadhaar case has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar eKYC has to be disconnected. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for panic or fear at all. People should not believe in such rumours,” it said.
The statement clarified that the top court has said UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than six months but the telecom companies have to keep the data as per Aadhaar regulations to resolve grievances of consumers.
It also said that the top court has prohibited the issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process due to the lack of a law and that there is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.
It added that the department of telecom and UIDAI are in a process of bringing out a “hassle-free and digital process” for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in Aadhaar case.