Updated: SIM cards issued through Aadhaar won’t be disconnected

NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the department of telecommunications (DOT) in a joint a statement on Thursday clarifies that SIM cards issued through Aadhaar won’t be disconnected.

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Refuting the claims that 50 crore mobile connections procured through Aadhaar verification may face disconnection of their SIM cards, the joint statement by the UIDAI and DoT said:

“The joint statement clarifies that the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgement in Aadhaar case has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar eKYC has to be disconnected. The Court has also not asked to delete all the eKYC data of telecom customers after 6 months. What the Apex Court has asked that UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than 6 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.