Railway Board to fill up Vacant Posts on a Fast Track mode

New Delhi:  Newly appointed Chairman Railway Board (CRB) Arunendra Kumar today said vacant slots, including the key posts, will be filled up on a “fast track” mode.

Steps will be taken to fill all the vacancies on a fast track mode now, Kumar said here.

Kumar assumed charge yesterday as CRB, a post which remained vacant for three months.

The posts of Financial Commissioner (FC), Member Staff (MS) and Member Mechanical (MM) are lying vacant in the Railway Board for several months.

The appointment of FC will be done in two to three days and Member Mechanical post will also be filled up shortly, Kumar, who is also holding the additional charge of MM, said.

Asked about the appointments of General Managers, he said it is expected to be done before Diwali.

While nine General Managers’ posts are awaiting posting, about 25 Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) are waiting to be replaced.

Senior appointments in railways are in the focus after the arrest of Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar by CBI in May for allegedly trying to become Member (Electrical), perceived to be a lucrative post, through bribe.

Kumar was suspended after the arrest and the post of Member (Staff) is lying vacant since then. He was released from jail on a bail recently.

According to railway sources, another officer will be appointed as new Member (Staff) on the ad hoc basis.

On revoking suspension of Kumar, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to constitute a three-member committee to examine the issue after taking clearance from the CBI.