Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has urged its customers to link their mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. If they don’t follow the instructions given by the operator, then BSNL holds all legal rights to deactivate their service.

As per a Supreme Court, order and guidelines of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, all existing postpaid and prepaid mobile customers must link their phone numbers with their Aadhaar through E-KYC verification latest by February 6, 2018, otherwise, their number will be deactivated.

On March 24, the Department of Telecommunications had issued a notice, making it mandatory for all telecom companies to re-verify existing customers through the Aadhaar-based E-KYC process, applicable to both prepaid and postpaid users.

The notice said those connections that have the only internet usage and did not have incoming or outgoing calling facilities should be linked to another number provided by the users.

According to the reports released from BSNL office, only 3% out of 56 lakh existing mobile customers had linked their numbers with Aadhaar so far.