After making Aadhar card mandatory for a driving license, filing income tax and PAN card, the government has issued an order to connect all mobile numbers with Aadhaar card. These orders are for all new and old cell phone users. It means that old users also have to link their mobile number to Aadhar card. Cellular Operators Association of India says that it will cost more than 1000 crores. The Department of Telecommunications has published a notice to all telecom companies and stated that all mobile numbers in the country should be re-verified through KYC process. Aadhaar card will also be added in KYC (Know your customer). The department has instructed that if any number is not verified or not connected to the Aadhaar number, that number will be closed.

To re-verify through Aadhaar card, the operator will send a verification code to the customer’s number. After this, the operator must verify on the basis of that number whether the SIM card of the existing customer is available at that number or not? The notification states, “After the completion of the e-KYC procedure, after updating the data in the database or overwriting the old information, the operator will have to send a message to the customer for the re-verification of the client.”

It has also been said that verification of more than one mobile connection on an e-KYC can be done but not on several numbers. To issue additional mobile connections, the subscriber has to verify again, and the operator will have to follow the e-KYC process separately.

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