The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced last month that Mr. R.S.Sharma has taken over as Chairman, w.e.f. 10th of August, 2015. Ram Sewak Sharma is a 1978-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.
Prior to joining TRAI Mr. R.S.Sharma was working as Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. His other assignments include Director General & Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for over-all implementation of this ambitious and challenging project undertaken by the Government of India for providing Unique Identification to all its Residents.
Mr. Sharma is an experienced person on technology front. Before his posting with UIDAI, he worked with the Government of Jharkhand 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, Mr. Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas. He also over-saw the implementation of various e- Governance Projects in all the Departments of the State Government. He has also worked as Chief Secretary to the State Government of Jharkhand (India).
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Mr. Sharma has held important positions both in the Government of India and State Governments in the past and has been deeply involved in the administrative reforms and leveraging IT to simplify the administrative processes. During his posting in Government of India, he has worked in the Department of Economic Affairs and has 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. , Mr. Sharma's contributions to the IT and e-Governance have been widely recognized both within India and outside. He holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India) and another Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA).
The new chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) revealed his top priorities including addressing the issue of call drops, making broadband available to all and bringing out recommendations on Net neutrality.
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"Some of the issues that I have been able to figure out as secretary, DeitY, Member of Telecom Commission, and a common man are quality of service, the need to discuss net neutrality and expediting digitisation of broadcast services," Sharma told reporters.
Bing a man of high technical aptitude and experience, broadcast industry expects a number of reforms in the process of digitisation from him. Particularly, Cable TV industry expects TRAI’s focus shift from making Cable TV network a mere TV signal carriers to multiservice broadband network.