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Oct 11, 2017 02:00 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Govt mulls proxy authorisation to help senior citizens link mobile numbers with Aadhaar

In what could be a relief to senior citizens, the government is looking to link Aadhaar with mobile numbers through a proxy authorisation.

Govt mulls proxy authorisation to help senior citizens link mobile numbers with Aadhaar

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In what could be a relief to senior citizens, the government is looking to link Aadhaar with mobile numbers through a proxy authorisation.

The proxy authorisation process will let a senior citizen nominate another person to verify the mobile-Aadhaar linkage. It is not certain if the option will only be available for senior citizens, reports the Times of India.

According to the report, sources said that UIDAI might give directives regarding options for mobile users to comply with the linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar as per the Supreme Court’s direction and as a result, the procedure would be completed without much inconvenience to the public.

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The government is also consulting telecom companies to start the use of online OTP or One Time Password for mobile numbers registered with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Alternatives for certain mandatory provisions of the Aadhaar system are also being considered. For instance, providing iris scanning for persons having indistinct finger prints, and home visits for senior citizens to gather and update Aadhaar data, are also likely.

The mobile linking procedure would become simpler in case the mobile number is the same as the one registered with UIDAI during enrollment of a person’s Aadhaar.

Though it would be illegal for the UIDAI to share a person’s Aadhaar details with telecom companies, it can still carry on the process by opting for OTP verification facilitated by the service providers.

Home visits by telecom companies would entail biometrics being confirmed by a small scanner, which would then be linked to the concerned mobile number.

The move is expected to streamline the linking process and eliminate problems of long queues at the outlets of mobile service providers or machines being unavailable. It is also aimed at helping senior citizens who may be finding the online or in person procedures to be complicated and hectic.
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