TRAI Chairman RS Sharma had put out his Aadhaar number and challenged people to do him harm
Ram Sewak Sharma, the telecom regulator who threw the controversial Aadhaar challenge, has been given two more years as head of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Mr Sharma’s term was to end this week.
A government order said Mr Sharma will continue as the telecom regulator till September 2020 when he turns 65. The NDA government first appointed him as a telecom regulator in 2015 well before he was to retire.
A former IAS officer had recently hit headlines when he disclosed his Aadhaar number on the microblogging site and challenged everyone to show how mere knowledge of the unique number could be used to harm him.
The bureaucrat, who had once led UIDAI that runs the Aadhaar identification programme, intended to demonstrate that mere knowledge of the unique number could be used to harm him. Mr Sharma insists that no harm had come to him.
The UIDAI had initially backed him but later, reportedly on the government’s nudge, put out a statement that appeared to frowned at his challenge. UIDAI, or the Unique Identification Authority of India, also asked other people not to emulate him.