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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will have a new head from March end. The Economic Times reports former secretary in the Department of Telecommunications, Nripendra Misra, will be a likely candidate. The current incumbent Pradip Baijal will retire on March 22. There are others also in the race for the top job – Tamil Nadu finance secretary Raja Raman and Union steel secretary Mano Ranjan.
Misra is currently the chairman of Chennai-based C-DoT Alcatel Research Centre, a 51:49 joint venture between France’s Alcatel and Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT). The JV, a pet project of Union IT & communications minister Dayanidhi Maran, is involved in developing broadband wireless solutions on Wimax technology for rural telephony applications.
It may be added here that Baijal and telecom minister Maran were at loggerheads on several key policy issues. Baijal was appointed as the chairman of TRAI during the previous NDA government. Misra had previously headed India’s WTO negotiations and has an impeccable record.