The Department of Telecommunications and Unique Identification Authority of India clarified that a few news reports in a section of media which state that 50 crore mobile numbers, almost half of the total mobiles in circulation, are at the risk of disconnection, are completely untrue and imaginary.
Read in Hindi: भ्रमित न हों, फोन बंद होने की खबर झूठी है
The joint statement clarifies that the Supreme Court in its judgment in the 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.
The Court has also not asked to delete all the eKYC data of telecom customers after six months. What the apex court has asked that UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than six months. The restriction is on UIDAI and not on the telecom companies. Therefore, there is no need for telecom companies to delete authentication logs.
The statement said that what Supreme Court has done is that it has prohibited the issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process due to lack of a law. There is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.
The statement also said that the department of telecom and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital process for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile App which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgment.
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