Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman RS Sharma has been granted an extension till 2020. The decision to extend his tenure by two years came a day before his scheduled retirement on August 10. His extension is valid till he attains 65 years of age on September 30, 2020.
Sharma’s extension was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.
Sharma was first appointed as the Chief of TRAI in July 2015 for a period of three years.
Sharma was recently in news for putting his Aadhaar number on Twitter, while challenging hackers that they can’t cause any harm to him by getting hold of his unique ID.
A man of many hats, Sharma was in various roles. He was Director General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), where he was responsible for overall implementation of the critical project undertaken by the Government of India for providing a unique identification to citizens.
As Secretary of the IT department, Sharma was responsible for formulating state policies in the IT and e-governance areas. He also oversaw the implementation of various e-governance projects in the Jharkhand government.
During his posting with the Government of India, he has worked in the Department of Economic Affairs and has dealt with bilateral and multilateral development agencies such as the World Bank, ADB, MIGA and GEF. He played a key role in the financing infrastructure projects in the highways, ports, airports and telecom sectors.
Sharma has a master's degree in mathematics from IIT Kanpur and another master's in computer science from the University of California.