Kalyanaraman Rajaraman has been appointed by the Government of India as the new secretary in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). He has replaced Anshu Prakash, who was the former DoT secretary.
K Rajaraman is a Tamil Nadu cadre 1989-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer. K Rajaraman will take over his new role post the superannuation of Prakash on September 30, 2021.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet conveyed the decision about the appointment to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Currently, he is working as an additional secretary of investments in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) with major responsibilities areas.
According to market observers, his appointment in the DoT as the secretary is seen as a step in the ambition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Rajaraman will be tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the reforms are implemented without any hindrance and with speed, they say.
The industry body Cellular Operators Association of India tweeted: "We congratulate Shri K. Rajaraman on his appointment as Secretary, DoT, India. We look forward to working with him for the development and growth of the sector that is vital to the Government’s Digital India vision."
It also added that “as the industry readies to usher 5G and catalyse the digital economy, the government has announced path-breaking telecom reforms.”