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DOPT clears RR: Appointment for 15 AM posts expected shortly

If some top sources at DOPT are to be believed the department has cleared the Recruitment Rules (terms and norms) for 15 newly created posts of Additional Member in Railway Board. Reportedly, the approval reached Rail Bhawan last Saturday triggering speculations that Railway Board will start its bit to fill these posts.

Indianmandarins had on November 29 reported (CLICK TO READ) that Ministry of Railways had sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel & Training for its approval on Recruitment Rules (RR).

It may be mentioned that in a cadre restructuring approx 15 new posts of Additional Member (HAG+ level, same as GM) were created in March this year. of 15 newly created posts; IRAS earned 2 posts; IRSE, IRSEE & IRSME earned 03 posts each whereas IRPS, IRTS, IRSS & IRSSE earned 01 post each. In addition, approx. 5 posts of Additional Member are already lying vacant which too may filled up together with newly created posts.

Senior officers belonging to eight different services may stay hopeful for career progression which was hanging in balance since April this year.

10 Dec 2019
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CRB Appointment: PMO keeps a tab on maneuvering

Maneuvering in Indian bureaucracy sometimes provides more spice than the real politic. Appointment of the next CRB and efforts to get extension to the outgoing CRB Vinod Kumar Yadav (IRSEE:1980) appear to have set the stage for a new drama unfolding. The matter has gathered importance also because this time only a couple of senior officials have the eligibility to become Chairman of Railway Board. If some top sources are to be believed, PMO too is silently watching the matter.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that vigilance department has started its attempt to explore avenues which may go against East Central Railway, GM, L C Trivedi (IRSME:1983) who is considered to be the most eligible candidate to succeed Yadav who is retiring December this year. Trivedi has a fair career record and is considered to have competence and administrative acumen among the present lot with almost 20 months of service remaining. Senior Railways officials say that Trivedi is a close relative of former CRB and incumbent Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani and that’s enough for his opponents to join hands together.

Though extension to CRBs in recent past failed to yield desired outcome but the outgoing CRB Yadav may get an extended tenure. Reportedly, Yadav is known for his fair service records and has been synergetic with the higher ups which may help him securing extension.

The other strong claimant for the top job is Vidya Bhushan (IRSME:1983), GM of East Coast Railway who has 22 months before he retires.

But what appears worth underlining is vigilance angle which is not so surprising. If some well-placed sources are to be believed Trivedi is likely to be trapped in a Vigilance case even though he did play crucial role to roll out Vande Bharat Express. 

08 Nov 2019
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DOPT clears RR: Appointment for 15 AM posts expected shortly

By IndianMandarins 10 Dec 2019

If some top sources at DOPT are to be believed the department has cleared the Recruitment Rules (terms and norms) for 15 newly created posts of Additional Member in Railway Board. Reportedly, the approval reached Rail Bhawan last Saturday triggering speculations that Railway Board will start its bit to fill these posts.

Indianmandarins had on November 29 reported (CLICK TO READ) that Ministry of Railways had sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel & Training for its approval on Recruitment Rules (RR).

It may be mentioned that in a cadre restructuring approx 15 new posts of Additional Member (HAG+ level, same as GM) were created in March this year. of 15 newly created posts; IRAS earned 2 posts; IRSE, IRSEE & IRSME earned 03 posts each whereas IRPS, IRTS, IRSS & IRSSE earned 01 post each. In addition, approx. 5 posts of Additional Member are already lying vacant which too may filled up together with newly created posts.

Senior officers belonging to eight different services may stay hopeful for career progression which was hanging in balance since April this year.

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CRB Appointment: PMO keeps a tab on maneuvering

By IndianMandarins 08 Nov 2019

Maneuvering in Indian bureaucracy sometimes provides more spice than the real politic. Appointment of the next CRB and efforts to get extension to the outgoing CRB Vinod Kumar Yadav (IRSEE:1980) appear to have set the stage for a new drama unfolding. The matter has gathered importance also because this time only a couple of senior officials have the eligibility to become Chairman of Railway Board. If some top sources are to be believed, PMO too is silently watching the matter.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that vigilance department has started its attempt to explore avenues which may go against East Central Railway, GM, L C Trivedi (IRSME:1983) who is considered to be the most eligible candidate to succeed Yadav who is retiring December this year. Trivedi has a fair career record and is considered to have competence and administrative acumen among the present lot with almost 20 months of service remaining. Senior Railways officials say that Trivedi is a close relative of former CRB and incumbent Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani and that’s enough for his opponents to join hands together.

Though extension to CRBs in recent past failed to yield desired outcome but the outgoing CRB Yadav may get an extended tenure. Reportedly, Yadav is known for his fair service records and has been synergetic with the higher ups which may help him securing extension.

The other strong claimant for the top job is Vidya Bhushan (IRSME:1983), GM of East Coast Railway who has 22 months before he retires.

But what appears worth underlining is vigilance angle which is not so surprising. If some well-placed sources are to be believed Trivedi is likely to be trapped in a Vigilance case even though he did play crucial role to roll out Vande Bharat Express. 

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Five-member panel on privatization of railway stations & trains

By IndianMandarins 11 Oct 2019

Railways ministry has constituted a five-member committee in the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to look into the matter of privatization of railway stations and trains on various routes. The committee has to look into the matter of developing 50 stations across the country as world class besides handing over 150 trains to private operators for better service.

Other members in the group included chairman of Railway Board, finance commissioner, finance and urban development secretaries and member of railway board besides some other members. The committee has been asked to complete its work and submit its report in one year.

Proposal to constitute such a committee was given to the railways ministry by NITI Aayog only. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had written a letter to Railway Board chairman Vinod Yadav in this regard in which dissatisfaction was expressed over the development of stations and suggestions were given to take some measures.

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Kashinath takes over as Member (S&T) Railway Board

By IndianMandarins 17 Apr 2019

N Kashinath (IRSSE:1980), on Tuesday, took over as Member (Signal &Telecom) Railway Board. Prior to this, he served (Since August 2018) Railway Board as DG (Signal & Telecom). 

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Who will succeed Lohani as next CRB; Chaubey or Agrawal?

By IndianMandarins 21 Dec 2018

As usual the top echelons of power would not open their cards relating to the next Railway Board Chairman or relating to the fate of outgoing CRB Ashwani Lohani retiring this month but several theories have been doing rounds.

 

As the story goes most of the senior-members of Railway Board are left with less than a year to retire which is considered mandatory for the top job. Among vocal claimants are Ghanshyam Singh (Member, Traction) retiring in May 2019; S N Agrawal (Member, Staff) retiring in June 2019 whereas A K Prasad (Financial Commissioner) and Girish Pillai (Member, Traffic) will be retiring in March and July 2019 respectively.

 

The remaining two, Member (Engineering) Vishwesh Choubey (IRSE:1980) and Member (Rolling Stock) Rajesh Agrawal (IRSME:1980), have residual service of more than a year. But seniority issue appeared to have become the bone of contention.

 

As per the laid down norm, seniority is decided by a GM panel which places Vishwesh Chaubey, who joined Railway Board after Rajesh Agarwal, senior to Agarwal.  He has thus said to have emerged as the most prospective and plausible claimant to become Chairman of Railway Board.

 

But all would depend on the mood swings of the NaMo administration. It is to be seen whether it goes for extension/re-appointment of Lohani beyond 31 December 2018.

 

Recently, both IB and RAW chiefs were given six months extension.  So, everyone is seen guessing. Indianmandarins has learnt that Lohani would be drafted for some special assignment under Ministry of Civil Aviation before his retirement. 

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Chaubey is Member Railway Board

By IndianMandarins 31 Oct 2018

Vishwesh Chaubey (IRSE) was, on Wednesday, appointed Member (Engineering), Railway Board. Currently he is GM, Northern Railway. He replaces M K Gupta who retired today ie. October 31, 2018.

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RB Expansion: Three new posts of Member soon

By IndianMandarins 06 Aug 2018

For the first time in the history of Railway Board, the Board will have total eight members instead of existing five and all the three new members will have similar positions.  


Once cleared by the Union Cabinet the three new board members will get new designations including Member (Safety), Member (Materials Management) and Member (Signalling & Telecom). Reportedly the post of Member (Materials Management) will be encadred for Railway Stores Service (IRSS) cadre whereas Member (S&T) will become a cadre post of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE).

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