S Ramadorai Award 2015

 

R S SHARMA

CHAIRMAN, TRAI

He was the first person invited by Nandan Nilekani to join UIDAI as its Director General to assume the task of giving identity to each citizen of India called Aadhaar. A task, which was not only daunting, but seemed difficult to achieve given country’s geographical challenges. But he braved – today 915 million Indians have Aadhaar, which is now integrated with the banking system and Direct Benefit Transfer. Grit, commitment and passion with vision are the virtues that R S Sharma has been endowed with, that have exemplified through his career. Earlier as Secretary–IT and later on as Chief Secretary-Jharkhand, he put the state on the national e-governance and competitiveness map leaving an indelible mark on the state, as it continues to leapfrog. As Secretary-DeitY, he was instrumental in re-architecting the National e-Governance Plan to integrate it with Digital India and guided its implementation roadmap.