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According to a top official, the telecom regulator TRAI would shortly begin consultations on creating a system for callers' KYC-based names to appear on phone screens when someone calls.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has received a request from the Department of Telecom to initiate consultations on the matter (DoT).

According to TRAI Chairman PD Vaghela, consultations on this will commence in a few months.

"The method will allow names to appear on a phone screen in accordance with KYC done by telecom firms in compliance with DoT standards," Vaghela explained.

The move is significant because the method will help identify callers based on their KYC (Know Your Customer) information, providing higher accuracy and transparency than certain apps that use crowdsourcing data to identify callers.

According to sources, once the framework for a new KYC-based procedure is established, identity verification will become more obvious and legally tenable.

Because there will be KYC linkages, it will also have a ripple effect, resulting in data cleaning on crowdsourcing apps.