As the present system of identity authentication followed by the Indian telecom organization in the processes of giving new SIM cards is not foolproof, the DOT (department of telecommunications) has directed the service providers to collect biometric data of customers. According to some reports, the home ministry has come up with the new idea, and if the idea is implemented, new users may have to give fingerprints to get a new SIM card.
Due to cut throat competition among the telecom service providers in India, the physical verification system is being neglected, says a report of Economic Times.
A report on Economic Times sheds light on the matter of the physical verification system going for a toss due to the telecom companies’ competition amongst themselves to get as many customers as they can. But the ministry isn’t forcing this decision on service providers and is open to discussion with them as well as stakeholders to come up with a different procedure.
And the home ministry’s proposal is not limited to collecting data and saving it in a centralized database. It also wants DoT to link all of it with National Intelligence Grid so they can easily access it in case of a national security threat. The government is thinking about introducing the new procedure because the mandatory physical verification of the person who requires the SIM card is not being followed. Reportedly, neither retail outlets are following the process, nor the telecom operators are forcing them to do so.
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