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TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma gets extension

Sharma hogged headlines when he threw controversial challenge to hack his Aadhaar by publicly disclosing his Aadhaar number on twitter.

The Modi government on Thursday extended term of telecom regulator R.S. Sharma till September 2020. His term was to end this week but now as per the government’s notification, he will remain the regulator till September 30, 2020 when he turns 65.

Recently, Mr Sharma hogged headlines when he threw controversial challenge to hack his Aadhaar by publicly disclosing his Aadhaar number on twitter. Mr Sharma, who once headed the country’s ambitious UIDAI, which executes the Aadhaar programme, insisted that no harm was caused to him by those who are sceptical of Aadhaar programme and its collection of biometric data of citizens.

However, in an oblique dig at one of the top regulators in the country, the UIDAI asked the citizens to not disclose their Aadhaar number as it was contravention of the law.

Notification extending his term was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared his extension.

Interestingly, former Commerce Secretary Rita Teotia, a Gujarat cadre IAS who superannuated in July this year, was said to be a front runner to replace Mr Sharma, whose tenure was scheduled to end on August 10, 2018. Ms Teotia had worked as additional secretary, telecom and was thus considered a frontrunner for the regulator’s job.

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