Supreme Court clarifies that Aadhar isn’t mandatory for a new SIM connection
Supreme Courtissues announcement.
- Aadhaar is not necessary for a new
- Other documents are also valid for KYC (know-your-customer).
The uncertainty comes to an end with the Supreme Court finally clarifying that users don’t need an
The telecom operators haven’t confirmed their compliance but, the government is taking the issue seriously nonetheless.
During the past few months, due to the lack of clarification, several complaints had been reported by consumers not being able to get a new connection due to the lack of an
Arun Sundararajan, Telecom secretary, explained that the reason they’ve made this announcement is to ensure that consumers aren’t inconvenienced any further. She added, “The ministry has issued instructions to all telecom companies, asking not to deny a SIM card to any individual who does not have an Aadhaar number. We have to ask them to accept other forms of KYC (know-your-customer) documents, and continue to issue SIM cards.”
This development comes after the Supreme Court extended the deadline on their final verdict from March 31 indefinitely. Their final standing on the matter is still pending and they haven’t issued any tentative plans for an announcement.