J.S. Sarma, a 1971 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Services (Andhra Pradesh cadre) today took charge as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, one of India’s most important independent regulators that oversees the telecom and broadcasting sectors. Sarma holds a doctorate in public enterprises from the University of Paris. Prior to joining Trai, Sarma was a member at the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appelate Tribunal, and was telecom secretary to the government of India during 2005-06. Full press release. Sarma succeeds Nripendra Misra. Read our interview with Misra here and here.
Another key government official overseeing the media sector, information and broadcasting secretary Sushma Singh, is set to retire on 31 May, according to Indiantelevision.com.