Ram Sewak Sharma was today given two-year extension as the chief of India’s telecom regulator TRAI, according to an official order. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the reappointment of RS Sharma as chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for a further period beyond August 10, 2018, up to September 30, 2020, i.e. the date on which he attains the age of 65 years, the order issued by the Personnel Ministry said. He was in July 2015 named as the TRAI chief for a three-year period.
Sharma has been in the eye of the storm in recent months for his defense of Aadhaar and the security of the Aadhaar database. He recently issued a challenge on Twitter asking users to prove how the 12 digit Aadhaar number can be misused. As part of the challenge, he posted a photograph of his Aadhaar card asking users to find any loopholes. He also added that he will not press any legal charges against anyone who could misuse the information.
The challenge went viral as hackers dug through his records depositing money in his bank account and some even going as far as threatening his daughter with a demand for ransom. Sharma was also trolled on Twitter for sharing his personal Aadhaar number but after about 20 days, he recently declared victory in the challenge stating that no harm was caused to him.
With inputs from PTI.