The government on Friday shunted out telecom secretary Rakesh Garg to the low-profile ministry of minority affairs, replacing him with J S Deepak...
The government on Friday shunted out telecom secretary Rakesh Garg to the low-profile ministry of minority affairs, replacing him with J S Deepak, who currently is secretary in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity).
The government has appointed MP cadre IAS officer Aruna Sharma to replace Deepak as Deity secretary.
Deepak is expected to take over as telecom secretary on February 1. He was appointed Deity secretary in August 2015. He holds an MSc degree in electronics from Bangalore University and MBA from IIM, Ahmedebad with specialisation in marketing and finance.
He has to his credit formulating the first spectrum auction in India in June 2010 after the 2G spectrum scam during the UPA regime. He was the one to design and conduct the 3G and 4G spectrum auctions through the e-auction route, which fetched the government a whopping Rs 1,06,260 crore.
He will face a challenge especially when the government is expected to hold a mega auction of spectrum in the next fiscal, which is seen crucial to narrow the fiscal deficit. As far as Garg is concerned, the government has reportedly been unhappy with his handling of the call drops issue that has been haunting the government ever since the menace erupted in a big way in the beginning of year 2015.
While Garg is a 1980 batch IAS officer, Deepak is two years junior to him. Both belong to the Uttar Pradesh cadre. Garg is due to retire in November this year.