The newly appointed Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Ram Sewak Sharma, will take charge on August 10 following government's approving his request for early retirement.
"Sharma will join office from August 10," a government official said.
A 1978 batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, Sharma is serving as Secretary of Department of Electronics and IT and has been selected as new chairman of the Trai for three years. He succeeds Rahul Khullar who retired on May 14.
A tech savvy official, Sharma has played key role in implementing Aadhaar project and designing the roadmap for government's Digital India programme. He is credited to have designed key digital services such as digital locker and for swift execution of schemes to push electronics manufacturing in the country.
His appointment comes at a time when all eyes are on TRAI for its recommendation on net neutrality over which both the regulator and a panel appointed by the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad have drawn flak from public.