In a bid to expedite linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, the government today announced three new modes to complete the process from the comfort of home.
Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said mobile numbers can be linked with Aadhaar through OTP (one time password), app or IVRS facility. "This has been done to simplify the process and make it convenient for people", the minister said.
Announcing the new modes, the minister said: "The Aadhaar number system was designed to allow all residents to access to critical government services. It is the government's endeavour to improve convenience and reduce time and energy spent by consumers to accessing government information and services."
Sinha said the telecom operators should provide an online mechanism for people to request for doorstep verification for disabled, critically ill or old persons.
The government has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar cards with bank accounts, permanent account numbers (PAN), income tax return (ITR), social security schemes and mobile phones. The deadlines for each vary.
The deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN for tax returns is December 31 and the same for linking the biometric number with mobile number (SIM) is February 6, 2018.
The announcement came on a day when the government told the Supreme Court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of various government schemes would be extended till March 31 next year.
These are the three new methods to link Aadhaar and SIM Cards which have been introduced by Govt:
For users who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number, a separate mechanism for e-verification - an exercise designed to weed-out dummy and unscrupulous users - will be put in place shortly, a source said.