Pradip Baijal, a 1966- batch IAS Officer of the MP cadre, retired as Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India after a distinguished career spanning 40 years. During his three-year tenure with the TRAI, Baijal proposed recommendations, including changes to the access deficit charge (ADC) and the introduction of the unified licensing systems, that had far-reaching implications in the telecom industry and led to dramatic fall in tariffs and a steep increase in tele-density. He has been acclaimed for his efforts to encourage the investment and innovation that resulted in unprecedented growth in the telecom sector and won Indian telecom regulations universal applause.
Before his assignment with the TRAI, Baijal served as Secretary in the Ministry of Disinvestment from 1993 to 2003. As the first Secretary to India’s disinvestment ministry, Baijal is credited with laying down the entire gamut of rules and regulations for privatisation. With Baijal at the helm of affairs, the Ministry of Disinvestment managed to complete a sale every month with a staff of less than 50, creating a new work culture for the overstaffed Government of India.