Government appoints P.D. Vaghela as the new Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

P.D. Vaghela has been appointed as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Vaghela will succeed RS Sharma, who was at the helm of the sector regulator for five years.

P.D. Vaghela has been appointed as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Vaghela will succeed RS Sharma, who was at the helm of the sector regulator for five years. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took this decision on Monday. RS Sharma was the previous chairman who will retire after his extended work period will end. Earlier on 30th September 2018 he turned 65. A day before his service was about to over, he got extension of 2 year to his service. 

Typically, a TRAI chairman is appointed for a three-year term and Sharma was appointed as TRAI chair in July 2015.

Vaghela, a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer, will take charge from 1 October for three years, or “until he attains the age of 65 years, or until further orders, whichever is the earliest”, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) said in a statement.

Vaghela who played a crucial role in the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) in 2017, was the commissioner of commercial tax in Gujarat. 

Vaghela was the secretary in the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers where he was appointed as the secretary for a year till 30th September.