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Govt. forms high-level committee to select new TRAI chairman

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Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Pulok Chatterjee, Secretary (Presonnel) P K Mishra, Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar and Advisor to Prime Minister Sam Pitroda, are in the high level search-cum-selection committee that will soon take a decision on who will be the next chief of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).


The new telecom regulator will take over at a time when the industry will be bracing up for 2G spectrum auctions. TRAI has to issue recommendations as per the Supreme Court directive that cancelled 122 telecom licences this month.


The currently TRAI Chairman J S Sarma is due to retire on May 14, 2012. Sarma took over as the Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in May 2009 from Nripendra Mishra.


Applications have been invited for the post of TRAI chairman. The applications have to be submitted by March 20, according to a public announcement. An existing government employee will have to retire from the post before joining as TRAI chairperson. The appointment will be for three years, at the pay scale of Rs 3.75 lakh per month.


According to sources, those likely to be in the fray for the post include Member of the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal PK Rastogi, BMC Commissioner Subodh Kumar and DoT Member (Technology) Chandra Prakash.

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