The Ministry of Law and Justice has amended the TRAI Act through an ordinance route to allow former Chairpersons to hold Government jobs after retirement. This has been done to pave the way for Nripendra Misra to take over as the principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Under the earlier rule, the TRAI chairperson or any member could not take further employment under the Central Government or any State Government after ceasing to hold office. Misra, a UP-cadre IAS officer of the 1967 batch, was chairman of TRAI from March 2006 to 2009.
On 28th May, the Government has promulgated an ordinance allowing former chairpersons and members to take employment two years after they demit office. The Ordinance amends Section 5(8) of the TRAI Act, 1997, which stated that the "chairperson or any other member ceasing to hold office as such, shall (a) be ineligible for further employment under the central government or any state government, or (b) not accept any commercial employment, for a period of two years from the date he ceases to hold such office."