New Delhi: Finance secretary Arun Ramanathan, telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and consumer affairs secretary Yashwant Bhave are understood to be among contenders for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman post. Maharashtra chief secretary Johny Joseph and former power secretary Anil Razdan are also learnt to be in the fray for the post.
The current chairman Nipendra Misra retires on 22 March after a three-year stint. Earlier the government formed a committee headed by cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar to find a replacement for Misra.
Hiking levy on incoming ISD calls may hit security
New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is considering hiking the fee a telecom operator charges from another for receiving international calls but some feel this may lead to masking calls, thus threatening national security. If termination charge on incoming ISD calls is increased from the existing 30 paise a minute to Rs1.50 or more, operators may succumb to the lure of masking international calls as local ones to avoid payment.
This may hide the place of origin of the call and in turn compromise national security, feel industry players.