1. Airtel Payments Bank LPG subsidy: OMCs order it to revert amount to customers primary bank accounts

Airtel Payments Bank LPG subsidy: OMCs order it to revert amount to customers primary bank accounts

Airtel Payments Bank has been allegedly opening bank accounts of customers without 'informed consent' during e-KYC process for mobile connections for its parent telecom company Bharti Airtel.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 19, 2017 5:16 AM
Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL), on behalf of all three state-run oil marketing companies (OMCs), including Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum, on Monday wrote to Airtel Payments Bank urging it to immediately transfer LPG subsidy deposited with it to consumers’ primary bank account or to the respective OMCs. (Reuters)

Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL), on behalf of all three state-run oil marketing companies (OMCs), including Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum, on Monday wrote to Airtel Payments Bank urging it to immediately transfer LPG subsidy deposited with it to consumers’ primary bank account or to the respective OMCs. This follows complaints that LPG subsidies of many consumers were getting diverted to bank accounts opened by Airtel Payments Bank instead of their primary bank account. Airtel Payments Bank has been allegedly opening bank accounts of customers without ‘informed consent’ during e-KYC process for mobile connections for its parent telecom company Bharti Airtel. This led to a change in mapper of the National Payments Corporation of India and LPG subsidy were inadvertently were credited into bank accounts with Airtel. On Saturday, the Unique Identification Authority of India temporarily barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based e-KYC for SIM verification as well as payments bank clients.

In a statement, Hindustan Petroleum said, “OMCs and the ministry of petroleum and natural gas have been getting a large number of complaints from consumers through various channels including social media, print media and VIP references regarding non-credit of the LPG subsidy amounts into their earlier bank accounts for the past few weeks.” As per reports, as much as at least Rs. 167.7 crore LPG subsidy of 37.21 lakh consumers has been deposited in Airtel Payments Bank as on end of November.

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  1. R
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    Dec 19, 2017 at 10:50 am
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 19, 2017 at 10:50 am
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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      1. R
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        Dec 19, 2017 at 10:50 am
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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