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Aadhaar no longer necessary for mobile number KYC, says DoT

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has said Aadhaar will not be one of the 29 parameters required by telecom operators to validate the identity of their subscribers. The regulatory body directed all telecom operators in the country to develop a mechanism that employs virtual IDs in lieu of Aadhaar biometric data, thereby shifting to a “limited KYC” system for user verification. In a circular dated June 12, DoT said UIDAI has proposed to introduce some changes in Aadhaar ecosystem and telecom operators must comply with these changes by adopting the…

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Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for welfare schemes: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday observed that Aadhar card cannot stand in the way of citizens accessing the benefits of social welfare schemes of the government. However, it remarked that government can press for Aadhaar card for income tax filings. The court’s oral observations came during a mentioning for an early date for hearing a batch of pending petitions questioning the Aadhaar scheme and privacy issues emanating from the fact that biological, personal and bank details of citizens are shared at a large-scale. The court, however, did not commit to…

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PAN invalid if not linked to Aadhaar card? Here’s how to link the two

Government officials said that the Permanent Account Number card could be rendered useless by December 31 if not linked to the Aadhaar card, a report by Hindustan Time said on Thursday. Currently, the PAN card was the necessary document while filing for IT returns. The government through an amendment in the Finance Bill has proposed the Aadhaar card to be a necessity in order to file for tax returns with effect from July 1. Aadhaar will also be a necessary document required for applying for a PAN card that is…

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