Senior IAS officer M F Farooqui is likely to be the next Telecom Secretary.
Farooqui, who is currently Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industries, is tipped to replace Rentala Chandrashekhar who superannuates at the end of this month.
The Cabinet Committee on Appointments to have cleared Farooqui's name and an announcement is likely to be made shortly.
The Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer of 1978 batch, Farooqui will have a 15 month tenure at the helms of Department of Telecom before he attains superannuation age of 60 years in June 2014.
Farooqui will have to deal with issues such as rising tariffs, industry's opposition to implementing free roaming services, litigations including the matter of 3G inter-circle roaming and levy of one-time spectrum fee on operators.