As per the DoT (Department of Telecommunication) instructions, BSNL has started linking mobile numbers of its customers with their Aadhaar accounts using e-KYC. To fasten up the process, the operator again urged its customers to link their prepaid or postpaid numbers to avoid deactivation of services. BSNL has set the deadline of February 6, 2018 for customers to link their numbers.
“As per a Supreme Court order, all existing postpaid and prepaid mobile customers must link their phone numbers with their Aadhaar through E-KYC verification by February 6, 2018, failing which their numbers will get deactivated,” said BSNL’s Odisha circle Chief General Manager Satyananda Naik. The BSNL officials also said that only 3 percent of the operator’s 56 lakh existing mobile customers had linked their numbers with Aadhaar so far, The New Indian Express reports.
If you are a BSNL customer, linking of your mobile number with Aadhaar is fairly easy. To link your Aadhaar number, you can visit any BSNL Customer Service Center or BSNL retailer shop which has e-KYC facility. BSNL’s authorized agents will then link your mobile number with Aadhaar with the help of biometric fingerprint scanner. You will be asked to verify your address and other details which will be displayed on their system.
The process also involves re-authenticating your finger impressions for records. Once you have checked your details, you will be asked to give your thumb impressions on the biometric fingerprint scanner. After the re-verification process is complete, a confirmation SMS will be sent to you within 24 hours. You will be required to respond within three days to complete the registration with the response ‘REV YES’ or ‘REV NO’ to 53734. ALSO READ: BSNL asks users to change default passwords as malware attacks 2,000 modems
Back in March, DoT had issued a notice, making it mandatory for all telecom operators to re-verify existing customers by linking their Aadhaar number with existing mobile number. The instructions were applicable to both prepaid and postpaid users. The procedure is followed to thwart identity theft, misuse of mobile numbers to carry out anti-national activities, and also to ensure protection from fraud.