Race for the Top Post of Indian Railways hots up

A.K. Mittal, GM/SWR, Radhey Shyam, GM/CLW, V.K.Gupta, GM/NR and Arunendra Kumar, Acting Chairman/Railway Board are in the fray for the Top Post (CRB) of Indian Railways.  Posting Orders likely to be issued within a fortnight.

New Delhi:  The top-level appointment to the Railway Board took another twist on Monday, as the acting Chairman got extension for a month or till further orders — whichever is earlier — on the last day of his three-month tenure, even as the formal appointment of a new chairman is expected this week.

It is learnt that the General Manager, South Western Railway Mr. A.K. Mittal and the General Manager, Chittaranjan Loco Works Mr.Radhey Shyam are leading the race.

Sources said the Appointments Committee is ready to approve the name of the new Chairman awaiting the return of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from his tour if approval by fax does not come before that from the PMO.

V K Gupta, General Manager of Northern Railway and Arunendra Kumar, Acting Chairman Railway Board, are also in the fray.

Radhe Shyam had staked claim even though he is formally not the General Manager of a Zonal Railway (a must to become Chairman as per the laid down norms) but his candidature was processed on the plea that he has been looking after the charge of GM, Kolkata Metro.

If Mittal is made Chairman, he would be the first from the Railway Stores Service to get the post.