Bharti Airtel made an official announcement on Thursday. It stated that it had received permission from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for eKYC verification. India’s leading telecom operator can now resume Aadhaar based eKYC verification for its telecom customers. This verification has a deadline of January 10, 2018. However, UIDAI has still maintained the suspension order filed on Airtel Payments bank. UIDAI said they would review the matter after receiving a report from the Reserve Bank Of India and Bharti Airtel. The report is due on the 10th of January.
However, Airtel can use the e-KYC services only for re-verification and issuance of SIM cards of the subscribers. It does not give consent of the Aadhaar holder to Airtel by use eKYC. They cannot use it for opening bank accounts, wallet, DTH or any of the telecom’s other services.
The Reserve Bank of India and the telecom department (Dot) both have received a verdict from UIDAI. UIDAI told them to conduct an audit of Bharti Airtel’s systems, processes, applications, documentation to make sure that the company is indeed in compliance with their licensing conditions.
Airtel’s payments bank is accused of opening accounts of its mobile phone subscribers without seeking their informed consent. As result of this, these accounts received an LPG subsidy worth of crores of Indian rupees. Soon after this, the UIDAI took necessary actions to temporarily bar the company from conducting Aadhaar based mobile number verification of mobile customers using e-KYC process.