Tamil Nadu executive IAS officer K Rajaraman took over the new telecommunications secretary on Friday.
Its accession comes after the retirement of Anshu Prakash on September 30.
“Shri K Rajaraman, IAS (TN: 89) takes office as secretary, @DoT_India in the presence of senior department officials,” a GDP tweet said.
He held the post of Additional Secretary for Investments in the Department of Economic Affairs before being promoted to Secretary of the DoT.
Rajaraman joins as new secretary as government struggles to help debt-ridden telecom operators navigate murky waters with telecom reforms, while ensuring there is no impact on the public treasury of the aid granted to them.
He will also face a 5-year-old Rs 3,050 crore penalty case that was slapped on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea a day before he joined based on a complaint from Reliance Jio.
The problem is once again bringing infighting in the telecommunications industry to the forefront and at a time when telecommunications operators under the weight of debt are looking to raise prices for telecommunications services to improve their margins.
The Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA) said that with Rajaraman’s administrative experience and dedication, India’s telecommunications infrastructure industry will benefit immensely.
” We offer our wholehearted support and look forward to working closely with him on various initiatives and the growth of the telecommunications infrastructure sector extending digital connectivity across every nook and cranny of the country realizing the vision of the ‘Honorable Indian Prime Minister for Digital India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat,’ said DIPA Director General Tilak Raj Dua. PTI PRS DRR DRR
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