The Telecom Department Secretary Aruna Sundararajan stated the government will not disconnect mobile connections of those who do no longer have the UIDAI number. Aadhaar

The telecom branch (DoT) appears to finalize the new telecom coverage via February and could release its draft with the aid of December-give up for public comments, Union minister Manoj Sinha said today.

“We are trying to carry new telecom policy via February. For this, the working group has begun the process. We count on the excessive level committee working on it to finalize draft by way of ceasing of December and region it for public comments,” the Communications Minister advised newshounds.

He said the authorities expect to finish the primary phase of BharatNet venture to attach 1 lakh village panchayats with excessive-speed broadband through the stop of November. “Over 75,000-gram panchayats (GPs) are geared up with broadband offerings and all 1 lakh panchayats can be equipped with broadband offerings with the aid of end of this month.

Every month we are installing a system in 8,000-9,000 panchayats. The entire venture has been achieved using the regionally advanced gadget,” Sinha said.

The minister said that the authorities are thinking about numerous models for rolling out the second one phase of the BharatNet venture so as to cover the ultimate 1.5 lakh GPs involving the laying of two.Sixty-three lakh kilometers of optical fibers.

He stated that BharatNet venture will lead to the generation of at the least 5 lakh jobs once it’s far rolled out in all panchayats. “Airtel has shown interest in 10,000 GPs for taking 1 Gbps connectivity on hire even as Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea are inquisitive about taking 100 Mbps connectivity on rent in approximately 30,000, 2,000 and 1,000 GPs respectively,” Sinha said.

The government will rate low rate to telecom operators for offering broadband carrier beneath the BharatNet undertaking.Telecom

The annual expenses will vary from Rs. 700 in keeping with megabit in step with the second (Mbps) broadband connection for up to ten Mbps and Rs. 2 hundred per Mbps for 1 Gbps for asymmetrical bandwidth (distinctive download and add speeds) for services between the block to GPs. However, for symmetrical bandwidth between the block to GP, the telecom ministry will rate Rs. 1,000 in line with Mbps up to 10 Mbps, and Rs. 500 in step with Mbps for a hundred Mbps according to annum.

There will be no restrictions on the quantum of records used or the range of connections that telecom operators can sell using BharatNet infrastructure, a reliable said.

Governments of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana had submitted their very own fashions for rolling out broadband networks inside the states which the minister stated has been authorized via the telecom commission.


The authorities will offer the total fund of Rs. 10,740 crore to those states for the undertaking.

“We will signal memorandums of information with all of the states which have submitted their particular mission record in 10 days,” Sinha stated.

BSNL has been given the undertaking to roll out the BharatNet assignment in Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim. Power Grid has been provided Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Uttarakhand.

The minister stated the Department of Telecom will even trouble approvals to BSNL for rolling out telecom community in North East earlier than November 15. BSNL has decided on Vihaan Networks and Himachal Futuristic Communications for rolling out the mission.

Talking approximately linking Aadhaar with mobile phone cell phone number for verification, DoT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan stated the authorities will now not disconnect mobile phone connections of those who do not have the UIDAI range.

She stated the branch is looking forward to the Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar problem to decide at the motion to be taken in instances wherein humans have Aadhaar but do now not need to link it with their cell range.

“We are also working on alternatives for individuals who are abroad (to help them link their mobile phone number with Aadhaar),” Sundararajan said.

Aadhaar-Mobile linking: Telecom branch denies very last choice; says count number with SC mobile

While mobile phone operators were consistently sending out messages to the clients for linking their cellular with Aadhaar, the authorities on Tuesday clarified that there was no final choice on linking a person’s cell range with 12-digit Aadhaar. “The case is still pending with the Supreme Court and can be heard on November 13,” said Aruna Sundararajan, telecom secretary. Adding to this Communications Minister stated that there might be no deactivation over Aadhaar linkage difficulty.
After operators were given a directive by way of the Department of Telecommunication (DOT) in February this 12 months to re-affirm present subscriber base the use of Aadhaar cards till February 2018, the latter has been sending out several messages to finish the ‘big’ size task of re-verifying their subscriber base
However, DoT is reportedly looking to make the re-verification procedure using Aadhaar playing cards simpler for subscribers which include a choice of re-verification from home.
In October, Sundararajan had stated that via December 1 human beings would be clean on what options they’ve for linking their Aadhaar with mobile numbers.
Meanwhile, the Madras High Court did a complete volte-face on furnishing of Aadhaar in the IT go back and disregarded a plea looking for an exemption from bringing up Aadhaar variety with the aid of Thiagarajan Kumararaja. Last week it allowed Preethi Mohan to report her I-T returns without mentioning it.
Petitioner Thiagarajan Kumararaja had sought a path for permitting him to record his I-T returns for the evaluation 12 months 2017-18 both manually or through the precise e-submitting submitting facility without insisting on quoting the Aadhaar quantity.
The plea changed into moved commonly counting on a period in-between order granted by means of the equal choose on October 31, permitting petitioner Preethi Mohan to document her I-T returns both manually or thru e-submitting without bringing up Aadhaar number.
Apart from this Kumararaja additionally relied upon the selection of the Supreme Court in Binoy Viswam vs the Union of India case.

Aadhaar-PAN Linking: Over thirteen.28 Crore PANs Linked With Aadhaar Till Now

A general of over thirteen.28 crore Permanent Account Numbers (PANs) had been related with the Aadhaar till date. As in step with information via authentic resources, approximately 39.Five% of PANs at the moment are linked with Aadhaar numbers. The authorities have made the PAN-Aadhaar linking obligatory for submitting ITR (Income Tax Return) and acquiring a new Permanent Account Number (PAN) from July 1. As in keeping with PTI report, there are about 33 crore PAN cards, while Aadhaar has been issued to approximately 115 crore human beings.
In August, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) prolonged dates for linking of Aadhaar with PAN and filing earnings tax returns and tax audit reviews. Aadhaar becomes to be connected with PAN by means of August 31, 2017, but the date for linking the two has been extended until December 31, 2017. Till August, more than 9.3 crore Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) were connected with Aadhaar. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) troubles the 12-digit Unique Identity Number in addition to Aadhaar card to residents while PAN (Permanent Account Number), a ten-digit alphanumeric number, is allotted through the Income Tax Department.
Linking of PAN with Aadhaar has been made obligatory by means of the government for submitting tax returns, the outlet of financial institution bills, to avail authorities subsidies and welfare schemes amongst others. In June, the Supreme Court had upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and ITR submitting. The Apex Court, had, but, positioned a partial stay on its implementation until a Constitution bench addressed the problem of a right to privateness. Reports state that the CBDT had in June this yr stated the apex court docket’s order had handiest given a “partial alleviation” to folks that did now not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID, and the taxman, for this reason, “will no longer cancel” the PAN of such individuals.