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RS Sharma is new TRAI chairman

MUMBAI: The wait is over as the government has appointed IT secretary Ram Sewak Sharma as new chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to replace Rahul Khullar, who retired on 14 May this year.

TRAI RS SharmaSharma’s appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. The appointment is valid for a period of three years.

A 1978 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, Sharma is currently working as secretary in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology. Prior to this assignment, he worked as chief secretary to the government of Jharkhand.

His other assignments include director general and mission director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for overall implementation of this ambitious and challenging project undertaken by the government of India for providing unique identification to all citizens.

Prior to his posting with the UIDAI, Sharma worked with the government of Jharkhand as principal secretary of the departments of science and technology, drinking water and sanitation, information technology, rural development and human resources development.

As principal secretary of the IT department, Sharma was responsible for formulating state policies in the IT and e-governance areas. He also oversaw the implementation of various e-governance projects in all the departments of the Jharkhand government.

Sharma held important positions both in the government of India and state governments, and has been deeply involved in the administrative reforms and leveraging IT to simplify administrative processes.

During his posting with the government of India, he has worked in the department of economic affairs and has dealt with bilateral and multilateral development agencies like the World Bank, ADB, MIGA and GEF. He was also in-charge of financing infrastructure projects in the highways, ports, airports and telecom sectors.

His contributions to IT and e-governance have been widely recognised both within India and outside. He has been responsible for implementing a number of projects related to ICT infrastructure, process re-engineering, and service delivery in public–private partnership (PPP) mode.

He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India) and another master’s in computer science from the University of California (USA).

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