Supreme Court in a statement announced the last date to link Aadhaar with SIM cards to be on 6th Feb this year. This move is to curb criminal activities.
The rule for SIM cards with Aadhar details become a mandate earlier this year. The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court about the Aadhaar linking deadline. The message reads that all customers should finish linking their mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar by February 6. This segment comes under E-KYC verification.
Citing an order from the Supreme Court, the government said that apex court had an order in February, 2017. The order cites the approval for SIM card- Aadhaar linking within a year from the date of judgement. The Centre also said that the production of the 12-digit biometric number was mandatory for opening new bank accounts.
The government states deadline for linkage of Aadhaar with SIM. “ It will not see modification by the government unilaterally (as per the proposal by the SC).” The government also adds its decision to extend the deadline for linking with existing bank accounts from December 31, 2017 to March 31, according to a report by Economic Times.
The government also asserted that no starvation death had taken place anywhere because of anyone not having Aadhaars.
The move to link Aadhaar with SIM was seen as a step towards curbing terrorists, fraudsters, criminals who use multiple SIMs to get away with crime.
Amidst controversies surrounding the safety of data submission with telcos, the government has introduced a number of measures for secure linking of Aadhaar with SIM. The Department of Telecom and telecom operators are also working on a process of SMS/IVRS and app-based verification.
Previously there was a misunderstanding regarding the RBI norms of linking. The major revenue body claimed to have no role in mandatory Aadhaar linkage to bank accounts. The center then came to the rescue by making it compulsory to provide the details as a part of KYC. This move is an initiative to curb money laundering and rotation of black money.