Nripendra Misra is the new chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He will take charge on Wednesday. Pradip Baijal, the existing chairman, retired on Tuesday. Mr Misra is a 1967-batch IAS officer. He will be the first TRAI chairman who has prior experience in the telecom sector.
This will help in the functioning of the TRAI as he is familiar with all issues and will be able to contribute to decision-making from day one. Mr Misra has worked as chairman of the telecom commission and as secretary of the department of telecommunications (DoT).
During his tenure as secretary, he was known for his transparency in decision making. Mr Misra's appointment as the new chairman is likely to end an unhealthy relationship between TRAI and the DoT. During the past year, TRAI and DoT opposed each other on almost all important decisions.