New Appointments with new Brand Ambassador of IR announced

Akhil Agrawal takes over as DG (S&T), Railway Board

Akhil Agrawal, a 1979-batch officer of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers, has taken over as Director General (Signal & Telecom) of Railway Board, according to a statement issued by the Central Railway today. Agrawal had taken over the charge as General Manager of Central Railway on August 3 this year. After graduating in Electronics & Communication Engineering from IIT Roorkee, Agrawal did his Post Graduation from IIT Kanpur after which he joined the Indian Railways. He has held various important posts including Executive Director (Telecom) in Railway Board, Divisional Railway Manager of Bangalore, Chief Signal & Telecom Engineer in South Eastern Railway and Northern Railway and Chief Project Manager in Indian Railway Project Management Unit.

MC Chauhan takes over as General Manager of South Eastern Railway

Kolkata, November 9: MC Chauhan, General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata, today took over the additional charge of General Manager, South Eastern Railway (SER), replacing AK Goel, who was appointed the Director General (Railway Stores), Railway Board. Chauhan belongs to the 1979 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE). During his distinguished career, he worked as Executive Director, Railway Electrification and Director, Power Supply, Railway Board. Before his posting as GM, Metro Rail and South Eastern Railway, he was working as Advisor, Railway Electrification in the Railway Board, a release issued here stated.

An ardent electrical engineer, Chauhan has a vast experience of working in various posts of Indian Railways. He worked as Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway from 2009 to 2011 during which, 167 new suburban services were introduced and the fifth and sixth lines were commissioned between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) and Thane stations in Maharashtra, the release added. During his distinguished career, he worked as Executive Director, Railway Electrification and Director, Power Supply, Railway Board.Chauhan was also instrumental in introducing metallised carbon strips and sanctioning of DC to AC conversion work in the Mumbai area.

He had undergone overseas training in Computerised Freight Operations Information System with CANAC International Consultant in Canada, Rolling Stock Modernisation in Japan and three-phase EMU in Germany. Chauhan takes keen interest in other socio-cultural activities too, the release said.

Manoharan assumes charge as Commissioner of Railway Safety

K.A. Manoharan has taken over as Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru here recently. He is an officer of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineer of 1982 batch.  A release from Southern Railway here said that Mr. Manoharan would look after the Railway Safety of Southern Railway, South Western Railway, Bengaluru Metro Railway, Chennai Metro Railway and Kochi Metro Railway.

Born in Erode, Mr.Manoharan graduated from Madras University in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is an Officer of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers of the 1982 batch. He has completed National Management Programme at Management Development Institute, Gurugram. He began his career in North East Frontier Railway and held various posts in the Indian Railways as Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer / Construction, South Western Railway, Bengaluru, Chief Workshop Manager and Chief Signal Engineer.

Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak to be new Brand Ambassador of Indian Railways

Ministry of Railways has appointed Padma Bhushan Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak founder of Sulabh International as a Brand Ambassador for “Swachh Rail Mission” of Indian Railway. In a programme held today at Railway Bhawan Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu felicitated Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.
Ministry of Railways has appointed Padma Bhushan Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak founder of Sulabh International as a Brand Ambassador for “Swachh Rail Mission” of Indian Railway. In a programme held today at Railway Bhawan Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu felicitated Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.

Toilet man Bindeshwar Pathak would be the new face of spick and span Indian trains with the ministry of railways roping him in as brand ambassador for its cleanliness mission.

The decision to make Mr Pathak brand ambassador was made after a high-level meeting, which decided on sprucing up the cleanliness mission in railway stations and trains, a senior Railways official said.

Mr Pathak’s organisation Sulabh International has already offered to adopt five major Railway stations in the country to build toilets and make them open defecation free. One such station is the capital’s Old Delhi railway station.

Sulabh International is an India-based social service organisation that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. Mr Pathak’s work is considered pioneering in the field of sanitation and hygiene. He received various national and international awards for his work with this organisation, including Padma Bhushan in 2003. His name was added to the Global 500 Roll of Honour.

He also received the Energy Globe Award and the Stockholm Water Prize. In June, 2013, he got the Legend of Planet award from the French senate in Paris.

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