New Delhi: Senior IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre MF Farooqui on Monday took charge as Telecom Secretary. Prior to his new posting, Farooqui was Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry.

Farooqui will have to deal with important issues such as rising tariffs, industry's opposition to implementing free roaming services, litigations including the matter of 3G inter-circle roaming pacts and levy of one-time spectrum fee on operators.

He replaces R Chandrashekhar who retired last Thursday. A post-graduate in Physics and Business Administration, Farooqui will have a 15-month tenure at the helm of the Department of Telecom  before he attains superannuation age of 60 years in June 2014.


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