UIDAI Clarification on Toll Free Number 1800-300-1947 Saved in Your Mobile Contact List By Default: 'Vested Interest Trying to Create Confusion'
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New Delhi, August 3: Are you seeing an 11-digit toll free number saved in the name of 'UIDAI' in your contact list by default? It's a resulted of "vested interest", said the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Friday, clarifying that 1800-300-1947 was taken off as the Aadhaar helpline number two years ago.  The UIDAI clarification came after users complained of the number being saved in their contact list under UIDAI's name by default.

After phone security concerns were raised, the UIDAI in its statement said, "In the wake of some media reports on default inclusion of UIDAI’s outdated & invalid Toll free no. 1800-300-1947 in contact list of Android phones, it is clarified that, UIDAI has not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility whatsoever."

"It is emphasised that the said 18003001947 is not a valid UIDAI Toll free number and some vested interest are trying to create unwarranted confusion in the public," the UIDAI said adding that the valid Toll free number is 1947 which has been functional for more than two years. (Here's how to delete the number in your contact list)

"UIDAI has reiterated that it has not asked or advised anyone including any telecom service providers or mobile manufacturers or Android to include 18003001947 or 1947 in the default list of public service numbers," the authority added.