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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.
Sharma’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
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
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).

RS Sharma is new TRAI chairman

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