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Day before retirement, TRAI chief Ram Sewak Sharma gets 2-year extension

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ram Sewak Sharma, whose tenure saw major decisions on issues like termination charges and predatory pricing, was today given two-year extension, a day before his term was to end, according to an official order.

The of the Cabinet has approved reappointment of Sharma as of the (TRAI) for a further period beyond August 10, 2018 upto September 30, 2020, i.e. the date on which he attains the age of 65 years, the order issued by the said.

He was in July 2015 named as the for a three-year period.

Sharma, a 1982 batch (retired) of cadre, was recently in as he had disclosed his Aadhaar number on the microblogging site and threw an open challenge to people to show how mere knowledge of the 12-digit unique number could be used to harm him.

The move had caused a as he was criticised by many for throwing such a challenge.

The Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar, had thereafter asked people not to share their unique identification number publicly or pose such challenges to others.

Some of the decisions by the TRAI, ranging from slashing of call-connect charges to its stance on the provision of points of interconnect (sought by at the start of its services), and predatory rules have come under the industry's attack.

Earlier this year, TRAI's predatory norms sparked-off a furore as old telecom operators and industry association criticised the new rules.

More recently, industry body COAI raised a red flag over TRAI's new regulations on curbing pesky calls and messages, saying tailoring of systems, and use of will involve Rs 200-400 crore investment and 18 months for the rollout, at a time when the sector is financially-stressed.

Before becoming TRAI chief, Sharma worked as secretary. He has been credited for playing a key role in implementing Aadhaar project. He worked as the in the UIDAI.

Sharma is credited to have designed key digital services, such as digital locker, and for fast execution of schemes to push manufacturing in the country.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:40 IST