Railway Board Chief gets 2-year Extension

A.K. Mital gets reappointed for 2 years, 2 days ahead of his retirement

CRB MitalNew Delhi: For the first time in the history of the Indian Railways, Chairman Railway Board A K Mital, who was to retire on July 31, has been given two years of extension.

“The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the re-appointment of A K Mital as Chairman Railway Board for a period of two years, till he attains the age of 62 years with effect from 1.08.2016,” said a  DoPT order.

A 1978-batch Indian Railway Store Service Officer, Mital is going to become the longest serving CRB and will hold the post for 43 months till August 2018.

Former CRB F.C.Badhwar had served for 42 months.

The move came as surprise to railway bureaucrats as Mital’s retirement function was planned on Friday at 4:30 pm and an order in this regard was issued in advance.

Mital’s re-appointment was discussed across the Railway Board. His name was not included in the list of names forwarded by the Railways to the Prime Minister’s Office. He was also the first from the store services to be appointed as CRB in January 2015.

He will now have the task of pushing the NDA government’s agenda of making the Railways an engine of growth.

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