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Rajiv Gupta takes over as chairman and managing director TCIL

September 04, 2019
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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has appointed Rajiv Gupta as the new chairman and managing director (CMD) of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL).

Senior most officer at TCIL, Rajiv Gupta is an Indian Telecommunication Service Officer of the 1982 batch. An alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering with a post graduate diploma in management in public policy and management from MDI, Gurgaon, he has been in the telecom industry for more than 34 years.

Gupta started his career with the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) before moving to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). He joined TCIL in 2015.

Gupta has held several senior management positions including project director Oman on the Gulf projects and executive director (HRD), Dy. director general (Public Grievances) among others. He also holds the position of Appellate Authority for RTI at TCIL.

In April this year, the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) has called interview process where the board was unable to find a suitable replacement for the outgoing CMD A SeshagiriRao who superannuated on August 31, 2019.

In an official communiqué from the Minister of Communications, Rajiv Gupta, (Director Projects)  has been given an additional charge for a period of three months w.e.f September 1, 2019 or until further orders or till the appointment of regular incumbent whichever is the earliest.

TCIL, the government’s IT and telecom engineering and consultation agency is a dividend-paying company. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company recently opened regional offices in Hybderabad, Mumbai and Kolkatta. TCIL has ongoing operations on more than 65 countries world wide and is  expected to post more than 30 per cent higher revenue to Rs 16 billion this year versus the previous year’s Rs 12 billion.

The company is also planning to unveil initial public offering (IPO) with 10 per cent fresh shares to raise as much as Rs 6 billion while the government is planning to sell 15 per cent shares for Rs 9 billion.

Early this year, the Digital Communications Commission (DCC), the highest decision-making body of the DoT had approved a piggyback transaction for the public-sector firm that has been in expansion mode currently.

The company has recently bagged an order to deploy 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and also an implementing partner for the ambitious BharatNet initiative that aims to connect 250,000 gram panchayats or village blocks encompassing 600,000 villages with high-speed optic fibre cable. TCIL is also a third-party inspecting agency for the state carrier BSNL.

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