Digital fraud is one of India’s rising attention, and the Supreme Court of India needs to undertake this problem vehemently.
The court has asked the Indian government to make it mandatory for the prepaid phone to prove/disclose their identity before they can recharge their phone numbers with credit.
Chief Justice of India JS Khehar made the announcement earlier this week as a plea was brought to court. The court has given the government a time-frame of one year to implement this new rule.
The court added that a customer would be required to fill an Aadhar-based form before recharging to verify the identity.
However, the court did not elaborate whether existing customers will have to do the same to recharge their phones.
Aadhar card is used as an identity for different documentation and verification purposes, thanks to the biometric nature of the program.
Citizens of India had to register their fingerprints, and iris scans in addition to other identity details to get an Aadhar card. Currently, there are over 1 billion Aadhar card holders in the country.
The court’s decision to implement an identity check before recharging might impact telecom operators in India and can also lead to a regular fall in their subscriber base.
The Indian industry sphere is one the world’s most competitive and tariff-driven industry. More than 90 percent mobile phone connections are pre-paid and could cause a lot of inconvenience to the general public.