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RS Sharma to take charge as TRAI chief on 10 Aug

NEW DELHI: The government has paved the way for Ram Sewak Sharma to take charge as chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 10 August, after approving his request for early retirement as secretary of Communications & Information Technology.

Sharma’s superannuation is due in October this year.

TRAI RS SharmaHe will remain TRAI chairman for three years. He succeeds Rahul Khullar, who retired on 14 May.

A 1978 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, Sharma had earlier worked as chief secretary to the state 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 the 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 UIDAI, Sharma had worked with the Jharkhand government as principal secretary of the Departments of Science and Technology, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Information Technology (IT), Rural Development and Human Resources Development.

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

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

His contributions to the 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 and another master’s in computer science from the University of California.