Anil Kumar Lahoti, former chairman and CEO of the Railway Board has been named as the chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The appointment has been given clearance by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
This is for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until he attains the age of 65 years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Anil Lahoti belongs to Indian Railway Service of Engineers, 1984 batch and has been empanelled in the first panel of Indian Railways Management Service for Level-17. He has graduated in Civil Engineering with Gold Medal from Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior and did his Master of Engineering (Structures) from University of Roorkee (IIT, Roorkee). During his more than 36 years of career in railways, he has worked in various capacities over Central, Northern, North Central, Western and West Central Railways and in Railway Board.
Anil Lahoti has taken training in Strategic Management and Leadership programs at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA; Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy; and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has carried out studies of development of stations in Hong Kong, Japan, UK, Germany and Switzerland including commercial development on railway land. He has also visited several countries in connection with developments in track technology and track maintenance machines.
The last TRAI chairman PD Vaghela retired on September 30. The position of TRAI chairperson has been vacant since October 1. TRAI member Meenakshi Gupta was handling the additional charge of chairperson of the regulatory body.