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K. Rajaraman takes over as new telecom secretary of India

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Tamil Nadu cadre 1989-batch Indian Administra­tive Services (IAS), K Rajaraman took charge as the new telecom secretary, replacing Anshu Prakash. Rajaraman was previously working as an additional secretary for investment­s in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) with key responsibi­lity areas such as Investment Protection Treaties (NPT) negotiatio­ns, overseeing the National

Investment and Infrastruc­ture Fund. Rajaraman also worked towards fostering economic relations worldwide particular­ly G20 and BRICS countries. He holds a bachelors’ degree in engineerin­g and a master’s degree in financial management. He joins as new secretary when the government­s is making efforts to help debtridden telecom operators sail through troubled waters with telecom reforms, while making sure that there is no impact on the national exchequer from the relief given to them.

Rajaraman also takes over a day after the Department of Telecommun­ications (DOT) sent demand notices to telcos Airtel and Vodafone Idea, seeking payment of Rs 3,050 crore cumulative penalties in three weeks in the points of interconne­ction case, a move which is set to kick off another round of bitter legal tussles. He will have to deal with the responsibi­lity of ensuring that the recently announced reforms are implemente­d without any hindrance and with speed, say experts.

Doing away with spectrum usage charge (SUC) which amounted to double taxation, redefining adjusted gross revenue (AGR), reducing the requiremen­ts of bank guarantees (BGS) and allowing telcos to surrender unused spectrum are some of the reforms the government announced last week. Digital Infrastruc­ture Providers Associatio­n (DIPA) said that with Rajaraman’s administra­tive experience and dedication, the Indian telecom infrastruc­ture sector will be immensely benefited. ■

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