Almost a month after the Supreme Court ruled that private companies could not ask for Aadhaar details, it has been found that several leading telcos are still using Aadhaar-based eKYC for issuing mobile SIM cards.
Interestingly, senior Department of Telecom (DoT) officials said that they were "aware" of the issue, and were working towards a solution.
"Telecom operators always with instructions and regulations passed by DoT, and we will adhere to the Supreme Court's verdict. We shall await further orders and instructions from the DoT," said Rajan Mathews, Director General of industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
One such alternative was recently proposed by the government.
The proposed KYC process would involve taking a live, geo-tagged and time-stamped photo of the applicant, along with a photo of the applicant's ID card - be it PAN, Voter ID, driving license or others.
Once done, the SIM card agent would be authenticated via OTP, and SIM cards would be issued.