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Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has made two reforms keeping in mind the security of mobile users. The Ministry has taken this initiative to promote a clean and secure digital ecosystem. Now consumers will have to get KYC done afresh on the exchange of SIM. Apart from this, biometric verification based on thumb, iris and face recognition will also be allowed.
KYC needs to be completed by the users for commercial connections. Point-of-sale has to be registered by the licensee. While fraudulent PoS will be blacklisted for three years. In addition, each POS will be accompanied by impeccable verification of franchisees, agents and distributors.
52 lakh connections closed
The department has closed 52 lakh suspicious mobile connections from Sanchar Saathi. More than 3 lakh mobile handsets have been traced to this same Sanchar Saathi. Union Telecom and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday launched two reforms to improve consumer security and digital transformation. The Minister has launched KYC Repair and Point of Sale (POS) Registration Reforms.
A Citizen Central Portal has been launched. It will seek to strengthen the fight against cybercrime and financial frauds. Under the Point of Sale (POS) registration reform, mandatory registration of Franchisees, Agents and Distributors (POS) by the license holder has been introduced. Which will help in removing fraudulent POS.
Illegal activities will stop
The POS registration process will include verification of the POS by the licensee. Through this process, a written agreement between the POS and the licensee has been made mandatory. Due to which, if any POS indulges in any illegal activity, it will be closed. PoS found involved in illegal activity will be blacklisted for three years. In this process, all the existing POS will be registered by the licensee in 12 months.
Whereas KYC correction means identifying the customer in a different way. Takes complete information about him before giving him telecom services. Strengthening the existing KYC process would be an attempt to further strengthen the confidence of the general public while protecting the customers from any possible frauds. To prevent misuse of the printed Aadhaar, the details will be taken by scanning the QR code of the printed Aadhaar.
In this, if the mobile number is closed, it will not be allotted to any new customer within 90 days. The customer will have to provide complete KYC details to replace his SIM. There will be a 24-hour ban on outgoing and incoming SMS facility. Biometric verification based on thumb impression, iris and facial recognition has also been allowed in the Aadhaar e-KYC process.