The government will not disconnect mobile connections that are not linked with Aadhaar, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan clarified on Wednesday.

She said the Department of Telecom would wait to hear what the Supreme Court says about people who do not want to link their mobile numbers with the biometric identification system, PTI reported.

“We are also working on alternatives for people who are abroad [to help them link their mobile number with Aadhaar],” Sundararajan was quoted as saying.

On November 3, the Centre reiterated before the Supreme Court that the deadline to link all mobile numbers with Aadhaar was February 6. The government said it could not change the deadline as the court itself had asked for such a date while hearing a petition in February this year.