Administrator USOF was appointed on 1.6.2002. Constitution, Powers and Functions of the Office of Universal Service Fund Administrator
The office of the Administrator USOF is an attached office of the Department of Telecommunications (DOT).
An Inter-Ministerial Advisory Committee with representatives from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, Indian Institute of management, Ahmedabad, Ministry of Finance, Minsity of Law and Justice, Planning Commission, TRAI and DOT has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Administrator USOF for suggesting measures on important issues.
The tender committee for USOF Schemes consists of Chairman (Telecom Commission), Administrator USOF, Member (F) and Member (P).
The office of the Administrator will consist of the Administrator and Deputy Administrators in SAG Scale, Directors from IP&T AFS, Gr. 'A' and ITS Gr. 'A' Other necessary staff in the Sr. Time Scale and JTS/Gr. 'B' of the IP&TAFS and ITS services will function under the Deputy Administrator/Directors. The Deputy Administrators will be placed directly under the control of the Administrator Cadre control of ITS/IP&T A..FS will however, continue to be with the respective Cadre Controlling authority.
There will be an Inter-Ministerial Advisory Committee chaired by the Administrator and appointed with the approval of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, consisting of officers not below the rank of Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission, Ministry of Law, Department of Telecommunications., Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and professionals I experts in areas of Telecom, Finance, Economics and Management. The Con1mittee will meet at such time and places as fixed by the Administrator.
The Office of the Administrator shall be responsible for .
The Administrator shall have powers of Head of Department and shall be reporting directly to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. He shall be responsible for implementation of Universal Service Support in accordance with the guidelines laid down by Government.
In regard to implementation of Universal Service Support Policy guidelines, the Administrator shall exercise the following powers, subject to the approval of Minister of Communications and Information Technology:
All important matters of policy affecting License conditions of service providers will be dealt with in co-ordination and active consultation with Department of Telecom.
Within the overall approved budget and in accordance with contracts/agreements with successful bidders, the Administrator shall have full powers for implementation of Universal Service Support Policy. However, for operational, technical and financial matters, the Administrator may consult Department of Telecom whenever deemed necessary.
The following rules are made for the convenient transaction of business:- The Administrator will.
The expenses relating to the establishment of USO administration including pay and allowances, TA, DA and other expenses of officials -will be made from the budget of DOT. Support of DOT will be provided for day-to-day operations of the Office of the Administrator.
|1||Shri Shyamal Ghosh||1.6.2002||31.5.2005||Nil|
|2||Shri Shantanu Consul||31.5.2005||20.2.2008||Nil|
|3||Shri Ajay Bhattacharya||20.2.2008||2.11.2011||Nil|
|4||Shri N. Ravi Shanker||2.11.2011||31.07.2014||"Look after" charge from 2.11.2011 to 4.12.2011|
|5||Smt. Rita Teaotia, AS(T), DoT||01.08.2014||28.09.2014||(Additional Charge)|
|6||Smt. Aruna Sundararajan||29.09.2014||29.10.2015||Nil|
|7||Shri N. Sivasailam||30.10.2015||13.03.2016||"Look after"|
|8||Shri Sanjay Singh||14.03.2016||31.01.2019||Nil|
|9||Smt. Anshuli Arya||31.01.2019||24.09.2021||Nil|
|10||Shri Hari Ranjan Rao||24.09.2021||04.05.2022||Nil|
|11||Shri V. L. Kantha Rao||04.05.2022||Till Date||"Look after"|