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Why telcos are asking you to immediately link Aadhaar with SIM cards

It is essential for me to have a phone, since I live alone," says Krishan Lal Dubey, a 90-year-old former army man who feels the order was passed without enough focus on execution. "This is a big problem for people living in smaller towns and villages, or hilly areas where the service centres are located far. The government says it is mindful of these concerns, and held a meeting with mobile operators and the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India, which manages the Aadhaar database), telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told TOI. A Vodafone spokesperson justified the "urgency to scale up", saying that back-end infrastructure needed to simultaneously re-verify all mobile connections could not be created, should all customers wait for the last few days. These firms are spending nearly Rs 1,000 crore to re-verify a total of 110 crore mobile connections, said Rajan Mathews, director-general of industry body COAI.

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