P D Vaghela is the new Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), and will replace outgoing Chairman R S Sharma who retires on the 30th of September after 5 years thanks to having received two tenures. Vaghela is a Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service and currently working as secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals under the ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
A notification of the Department of Personnel and Training said, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of P D Vaghela, IAS (GJ: 1986), secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, as chairperson of Trai for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 65, or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.”
Vaghela was part of replaces outgoing Chairman R S Sharma, whose tenure was marked by heavy-handed regulation and meddlesome regulatory micro-management which hurt both, the broadcasting and the telecom sectors, which TRAI regulates.
MediaBrief.com congratulates the incumbent chairman and hopes that the under his leadership and guidance, TRAI will exercise a far more balanced, non-partisan and soft-touch regulation that, particularly in these trying times, would demonstrate a supportive attitude as against the approach of his predecessor who demonstrated an inexplicable haste to push through the NTO 2.0 even though the matter was sub judice in Bombay High Court, and despite the fact that the NTO 2.0 had been vehemently opposed by the Indian Broadcasting Federation, which had also pleaded with the regulator (in response to a consultation paper) to adopt a “soft touch” and allow the industry to come to terms with the NTO before making further changes.
Industry leaders and media-persons have repeatedly voiced the need for soft-touch regulation, and have enumerated the disastrous effects of TRAI’s heavy-handed regulation on several occasions.
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