RS Sharma, an IAS officer of 1978 batch, Chief Secretary, Jharkhand will take over the charge of secretary at the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY). He will replace J Satyanarayana, who is retiring on 30th April.
While speaking to Governance Now, Sharma confirmed that his name has been cleared for the secretary’s post. He is waiting for the state government to relieve him of his present roles and responsibilities. He, however, wasn’t sure about the date of joining.
In his previous stint with the central government, Sharma held the position of director general and mission director of the unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) between August 2009 and March 2013. While heading the authority, Sharma was instrumental in accelerating the rate of Aadhaar enrollment. He also did the ground work for linking the 12 digit unique ID number with distribution of subsidies and other benefits.
“When I left, we had already issued UID numbers to 300 million residents. This was done in a period of about two and a half years. The rate of issuance of IDs is currently one million per day,” Sharma said in his LinkedIn profile.
He has also served as principal Secretary of the science and technology department of the Jharkhand government from September 2008 to July 2009. He has also held the additional charge of principal secretary, drinking water and sanitation department. He has won various awards in the field of e-governance and was also nominated for Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration.