The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) approached the Aadhaar body UIDAI seeking an extension of the deadline to implement the new mobile re-verification methods such as one-time password (OTP). Once we get that, the number of machines in operation will rise, " Pune district collector Saurabh Rao said.At a meeting held earlier this week with the Aadhaar authorities, the collector proposed to rope in private operators and requested UIDAI to allow fix of machines at the district level rather than sending them to Mahaonline, which was yet to renew the annual maintenance contract."The process will take time and UIDAI authorities are fine with the fix work.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said on Monday that Aadhaar data is completely safe and secure. This new facility will be available from December 1.
"Their (telecom operators') plans have been approved". He added, "Mobile companies have assured the UIDAI that they will implement OTP-based verification of mobile numbers by month- end and this will allow people to get the verification done without actually visiting the store or retail agent".
The letter dated November 20 also sought the UIDAI to issue the process for OTP based re-verification, consisting of SMS, mobile application and web-based methods. Now users have to go to the store and do the eKYC with their fingerprints. Aadhaar number, it said, is not a secret number and it is to be shared with authorized agencies if one wishes to avail a certain service or benefit of government welfare schemes or other services. So if you have a new mobile number, which is not linked to your Aadhaar card, you might not be able to use the OTP method. In such a case, you may find it hard to access the OTP your telecom operator sends.
Aadhaar card and mobile number linking: Is this compulsory?
How does Aadhaar-sim linking work?
In March, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has issued an order calling for linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar card data. The latest petition wanted this order to be declared "unconstitutional" and "null and void". So does this mean I can not get re-verification done? The customer will have to go to the telecom operator store in this case and get the verification done for their new mobile number. You will need to carry your Aadhaar card for this goal and the authentication will be done using a fingerprint scan.
Also in case of the disabled, chronically ill and senior citizens, the government has ordered the companies to carry out the exercise at their homes.