71.24 crore mobile connections linked with Aadhaar, Ravi Shankar Prasad

Senior counsel Shyam Diwan told the Supreme Court the Aadhar card issue is a 'true civil rights concern'. Photograph:( Agencies )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 27, 2017, 01.56 PM (IST)

The Information & Technology Department today shared details about the number of mobile phones and bank accounts already merged with the 12-digit unique identification number (UDAI).

According to the IT department, close to 71.24 crore mobile numbers - both new connections and existing - and 82 crore bank accounts have been linked to the biometric identifier, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

"Linking of Aadhaar with personal bank accounts is being done based on the amendments that have been effected in the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules 2005. Linking of Aadhaar with the mobile number has been effected in pursuance of... Supreme Court order dated February 6, 2017," minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad noted earlier today.

The Aadhaar based re-verification of existing mobile subscribers is expected to be carried out by telecom services by March 31, 2018, Prasad noted in a statement dated December 22, 2017.

Meanwhile, Facebook recently confirmed testing Aadhaar authentication for new users.

The social media giant confirmed it as a part of a small test to curb fake accounts.

(With inputs from PTI)