New Delhi, Dec 19: There is big news for Aadhaar card holders. The Narendra Modi government has given a big relief to the consumers who want to open a bank account or get a mobile connection. If the telecom companies or banks insist on Aadhaar for new connections or accounts then they will be slapped with a heavy fine and the staffers will face a jail term up to 10 years.If telecom companies or banks are not allowing you to submit passport or ration card as address proof and insist on Aadhaar, then as per new proposed law they will face a fine of Rs 1 crore. This is not all, the staffers of banks and telcos will be sent to jail for a period of 3 to 10 years for forcing consumers to submit Aadhaar. The new penalties are part of amendments to Indian Telegraph Act and PMLA cleared by Cabinet, a Times of India report said quoting sources. The amendments also allow Aadhaar holders to complete KYC formalities using unique ID. The amendments follow the Supreme Court verdict which said that a unique ID can only be necessary for welfare services where public funds are involved. “Aadhaar is a platform that promotes good governance. The amendments protect security and privacy. They set out rules for consent in case of minor and opt-out option at age 18. There are strict punishments for any attempt to tamper with core biometrics,” report quoted a source as saying.Proposed norms direct the authentication process to comply with the privacy standards in line with law to okayed by Parliament. Overall, this would follow the SC judgement on Aadhaar.
The move comes in the backdrop of complaints that telcos are forcing customers to link Aadhaar with mobile number and then using the data for commercial use.