Express News Service
NEW DELHI: As the deadline for phasing out using Aadhaar within the e-KYC (know your buyer) process for activating the SIM card is approaching, increasingly more Telecom gamers are rolling out options.
On Thursday, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) launched another digital KYC process for issuing new connections across numerous circles. Private gamers, together with Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, earlier this week mentioned that they’d began rolling out the identical to interchange the Aadhaar-based digital verification process.
“We have conveyed to DoT that we have launched the new system across all our circles and it has stabilised,” mentioned the Chairman and MD of BSNL, Anupam Shrivastava. Officials at telcos additionally confirmed that the choice e-KYC entailed scanning of the proof of deal with and id, embedding a buyer photograph and the web buyer acquisition kind.
“It will be a paperless process, unlike some reports which stated that telcos would go back to the manual paperwork authentication process,” mentioned an government of a telco agency. The Department of Telecom (DoT), in a round issued on November 6, additionally verified that the authentication process can be carried out utilizing an authenticated utility (app).
To present how the new process of other digital KYC would work and their readiness, the Telecom operators could have proof of idea (PoC) occasions at two locations- one city and one rural.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has ensured its readiness to conduct PoC at two places in Navi Mumbai, whereas Vodafone Idea Ltd has listed Delhi and Baramati in Pune district. Airtel will conduct the identical in Delhi and Meerut. Based on the POC outcomes, DoT will problem additional instructions for any change within the system, if required.
On October 26, DoT had requested operators to cease utilizing Aadhaar for digital verification of present cell phone clients in addition to for issuing new connections, to adjust to a current Supreme Court order which restricted using Aadhaar by personal entities within the absence of a authorized provision.
DoT had requested operators to report various e-KYC compliance by November 5, however operators, approached the federal government requesting that they be allowed to proceed with Aadhaar-based eKYC process until November 20, whereas they implement the new digital process.