Every cellphone owner in India is getting tons of messages from telecom operators to link with their Aadhaar number.
Ironically and what could be called as an insanely awkward incidence — a man named HL Prabhakar working in Aadhaar (UIDAI) accused an unnamed telecom operator for deactivating his SIM card for not linking it with Aadhar — and irony dies its own death.
Interestingly Prabhakar is the project director for Aadhaar (UID) in Karnataka and works at the Centre for e-Governance.
Prabhakar alleged that five days ago, the telecom operator deactivated his SIM saying he had not linked the SIM card to his Aadhaar. He, however, told the service provider that he had linked his Aadhaar through OTP authentication. But the telecom operator insisted that he give his biometric fingerprints to restore the connection, reported Bangalore Mirror.
“On Monday morning, my phone stopped working and I had no clue what could have gone wrong. I called up the customer care and, initially, they said it was a technical glitch. After repeated calls, I was asked to go to a customer care outlet and give my fingerprints for Aadhaar linking. I told them that my Aadhaar verification process is done and I know the rules,” Prabhakar said.
“This is absolutely ridiculous. Why should I prove my identity to them all over again? I had given my documents when I got the connection and I have also done the Aadhaar authentication. The irony is that I head the division that gives identity cards to people and the cell phone service provider is trying to fool me,” he added.
Just last month, Airtel subscribers who had re-verified mobile numbers using Aadhaar details alleged that the company had opened bank accounts in Airtel Payments Bank without their consent.
After facing backlash from UIDAI Airtel Payments Bank CEO Shashi Arora resigned from the company.
It is to be noted that Telecom companies, along with support from central government, are duping customers into believing that phone numbers have to be linked with your Aadhaar number citing a circular issued on March 23, 2017 by the Department of Telecom (DoT), despite of the very fact that the Supreme Court has yet to pass an order on whether Aadhaar infringes upon the right to privacy.
Earlier in August 2017, Wikileaks also revealed that entire database of Aadhaar is in hands of America’s CIA agency’s spies.
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