'Get ID proof to recharge mobile phones': SC asks govt to introduce new system
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Feb-2017

New Delhi, February 7: Attention! Supply your identity documents to get your mobile phone recharged.You will need to provide the identity documents in order to prove that you are the owner of the mobile number you need to recharge.  As there are more prepaid users it is easy to fake data to get new mobile connection by using addresses and mobile reference numbers which don’t exist. This measure came when Chief Justice of India J S Kehar recommended that the government should verify all the documents of all the current mobile users in India. He suggested that the government should work on a system based on Aadhar that will enable users to authenticate their ownership of the smartphone. This means that if you want to recharge your mobile phone you need to supply the documents or else you will not be able to recharge your smartphone or use that particular mobile number without providing your ID proof. 

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi outlined that the Aadhar-based system to verify and ensure that all the details of the mobile users in the country are up to date that takes a considerable amount of time and effort. This recommendation came in order to secure the users and not get bluffed. As it is easier for people to provide fake data to get a new mobile connection using addresses or reference mobile numbers that don’t exist. Aadhar authentication will dig out such mobile connections with inaccurate or false details leaving out mobile connections with accurate details. 

This move will further reflect in increased security as it will result in lesser chances of scams and fraud as digital transactions gradually shift to mobile with UPI payments, mobile banking or SMS banking. Mukul Rohatgi further said that it will take about one year to put the system in place but it will hurt banking and monetary transactions. However, the government is working on making it more secure and streamlined. 

Initially, the Chief Justice of India J S Kehar was determined to push it instantly by enforcing every subscriber to fill a form and submitting the form with the proof in a limited timeframe. Failing to do so would not let the consumer recharge their prepaid connections.