UIDAI Suspends Airtel, Airtel Payments Bank’s e-KYC Licence


New Delhi: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily banned Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting e-KYC process of mobile customers and e-KYC of payments bank clients on the basis of Aadhaar, reported.

The licence cancellation by UIDAI comes in the wake of allegations of Bharti Airtel using SIM verification of customers on the basis of Aadhaar and then initiating the process to open bank accounts without the consent of the customers.

Additionally, UIDAI also objected to allegations about such accounts being linked to receive LPG subsidies. UIDAI, in an interim order, “suspended e-KYC licence key of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Airtel Payment Bank Ltd with immediate effect,” PTI quoted sources as saying.

This decision of UIDAI implicates that Airtel shall not be able to conduct ‘e-verification’ or link customers’ SIM to Aadhaar (temporarily) through the e-KYC which is the efficient, paperless means to link SIM cards with Aadhaar.

In addition to this, Airtel Payments Bank will not be in the legal capacity to open a new account with Aadhaar e-KYC. However, accounts can be opened through ‘alternate methods’, if available.