Aadhar e-KYC verification to cut down use of forged SIMs
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 24-Jan-2017

New Delhi, January 24: As the paper documents are not that safe when it comes to getting new SIM card, day by day forged documents are presented to acquire new SIMs. In order to stop the use of mobile SIMs which is acquired using forged IDs and documents, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI recommended using Aadhar based e-KYC Know Your Process for new as well as existing mobile users.

On Monday, TRAI suggested the mobile users to use the Aadhar based e-KYC for the authentic verification in order to avoid the use of SIMs on forged documents. The TRAI also said that it will provide incentives like free data so that people use this process.

TRAI said that “the owner of such fake identity would not even be aware that SIM(s) are working in his/her name. The Authority has received several cases from State Police (crime branch) wherein it has been found that hundreds of SIM cards have been obtained on fake documents. The existence of such SIM cards poses a real security challenge.” The Aadhar card serves as authentic source of information which can be used to verify the identity of the subscriber.

Aadhar e-KYC will help verify the documents electronically as well as at instant basis which will serve foolproof information. TRAI suggested that both new subscribers and the existing ones should use this process to verify. TRAI said that “DoT may work with the TSPs, to evolve a framework to verify the existing mobile subscribers through Aadhaar-based e-KYC services in a phased manner and within a defined timeframe. However, this process should be optional to the service providers as well as mobile subscribers. The subscribers may have to be given some sops in terms of free talk-time or data to encourage them to undergo the e-KYC process.”

The e-KYC solution is an instant, secure mobile-subscriber verification project where a mobile user’s Aadhaar card and fingerprints are adequate to validate and activate pre-paid and post-paid connections.