PD Vaghela has been appointed as Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as the current Chairman- Ram Sewak Sharma’s tenure ends by 30th September, 2020. Replacing the current Chairman the newly appointed PD Vaghela- Secretary; Department of Pharmaceuticals (Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers) will be serving his services for a period of three years or till he turns 65 or until further order- which ever would be earliest.
PD Vaghela is a 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer. He had been the commissioner of commercial tax in Gujarat and played a critical role in the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2017. He was the convenor of important central committees on GST and shuttled between Gujarat and Delhi to attend various meetings before the implementation of the single tax regime.
RS Sharma played the role of Chairman for five years. The normal tenure is for three years but he was given an extension of two years.