New Delhi: The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) is learnt to have cleared the candidature of Arunendra Kumar for the post of Chairman Railway Board (CRB). The official order on Kumar’s elevation is likely to be issued on Monday, sources said.
The post fell vacant after Vinay Mittal completed his tenure on June 30 this year. Since July 1, the charge of CRB was ‘looked after’ by Kumar, in addition to his responsibility as Member (Mechanical).
Kumar said he had getting congratulatory messages, but had not received any official confirmation.
Following his elevation, North Central Railway (NCR) General Manager Alok Johri – the seniormost officer of the Mechanical Directorate – has now emerged as the front-runner for Member (Mechanical) post.
“In deciding to elevate Kumar, the government has deviated from the twin norms followed in respect of the appointment of the CRB in the last ten years,” Federation of Railway Officers Association (FROA) Honorary General Secretary Shubhranshu said. Norms followed in the last decade require a candidate to have one year experience as an ‘Open Line’ General Manager, with two years of service remaining.