Nepal Government today appointed Digambar Jha as the new Chairman of NTA (Nepal Telecommunications Authority). He was former Managing Director at Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). The NTA post had been vacant from more than 4 months after Bhesh Raj Kanel resigned from the post on August 1st, citing interference from Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC).
A committee headed by MOIC secretary, Surya Silwal recommended 3 names for the post after interviewing 10 individuals from the total 13 applicants. Former Nepal Telecom Managing Directors Sugat Ratna Kansakar and Vishwo Nath Goel, were among the contender for the post. Other applicants were Shyam Krishna Wagle, Shankar Prasad Pandey, Kedar Jung Thapa to name a few.
It is not clear about the names who were recommended from the committee to the government. Though it is said that it is a free competition based on qualification, experience, leadership trait and interview, People still doubt the decision made for the appointment of chiefs in state owned enterprises. This is in series of such appointment after government decided to appoint the topmost posts of own enterprises through open competition.
Lets see how Digambar Jha handles many issues like the license fee of various operators, Unified License, LTE licensing, RTDF (Rural Telecommunication Developement Fund), WiMax licensing and more.