At the incoming retriement of TRAI chief Rahul Khullar, on second week of May, the authority received 77 applications for the said post. Out of 77 applications, 17 have come from serving and retired Union secretaries, and one from a former deputy governor of RBI.
According to the sources, some of eminent persons who applied for the post of chairman include R K Mathur Defence Secretary, RS Sharma IT secretary, Bimal Julka, I&B secretary, Rajeev Kher, Commerce Secretary and Rakesh Singh, Steel secretary. Former RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn is also in the race.
The term of Trai chairman is for a period of three years or till the age of 65.
As per sources, around nine serving secretaries of the government have applied for the post. Eight retired secretaries have also applied, including former telecom secretary MF Farooqui. Two chief secretaries — one serving and one retired — have also applied for the post.
Apart from these, Trai's serving secretary Sudhir Gupta and the regulatory body's part-time member Rajiv Sharma, serving and retired officials from the Department of Telecom S S Sirohi and adviser (technology) A K Bhargava and former CMD of BSNL R K Upadhyay had also applied for the post.