Rly Ministry clears high-level appointments

The Railway Ministry has cleared high-level appointments to posts which were lying vacant because of the cash-for-appointment scam, which led to the resignation of erstwhile railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The ministry has also expedited appointment of Railway Board members. It is expected to make crucial appointments to the posts of General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers by next week. The order for posting of GMs and DRMs will be issued in two-three days, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said on Friday. Making the announcement, he said: “We would run the Railways as a well-administered and well-governed institution. We immediately needed these appointments.” “We have to elevate the image of the Railways,” the minister asserted.

According to ministry sources, at least, five general manager posts are lying vacant including those for the Central, Western, South East Central and South Eastern Railways and for the coach factory in Chennai. Besides, the posts of Chairman, Member Traffic, Member Staff and Financial Commissioner are to be filled up as these are crucial for Railways. Member Mechanical Arunendra Kumar is holding additional charge of Chairman Railway Board.

Besides, the Bangalore bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal has stayed the appointment to the post of Member, Traffic, following a petition by Chief Operating Manager of South Western Railways N C Sinha. He said keeping in view his seniority, he should be considered for the post.

“There are issues in filling up vacancies and we are trying to resolve it. We want to do it for good governance. The filling up of top posts is necessary for good administration,” Kharge said.