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Khullar is new TRAI chief
14 May 2012

Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar has been appointed as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) with immediate effect.

Mr. Khullar, a 1975-batch IAS officer, will take over from J.S. Sarma on Monday. He will have a three-year term. His appointment, cleared by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, comes at a time when the telecom industry is fiercely protesting against the recent proposal of the telecom regulator on auctioning of 2G spectrum.

TRAI's recommendations followed the Supreme Court's February 2 judgement, cancelling 122 licences of nine telecom companies and asking the government to redistribute them on the first-come, first-served basis.

It is learnt that government has sought certain clarifications from TRAI on its recommendations for which a detailed response is being drafted. Mr. Khullar was personal secretary to Dr. Singh when he was the Finance Minister in the Narasimha Rao government.



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