Ashwani Lohani, the current Air India Chairman & Managing Director will replace A K Mital as the new Chairman of the Railway Board. According to a release by the Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Government of India, the Committee has approved the following- ‘Accepted the request of Shri AK Mital to relieve him from the post of Chairman, Railway Board’ and ‘Appointment of Shri Ashwani Lohani, IRSME (80), CMD, Air India, as Chairman, Railway Board vice Shri AK Mital.’ “Necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Ministry of Railways,” the committee said.
AK Mital tendered his resignation to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu last evening and it was accepted today in the morning, sources said, as quoted by PTI. Ashwani Lohani is an officer of the railway mechanical service and he has served earlier as the Divisional Regional Manager of Delhi. He was also the chairman of ITDC as well as the director of the Rail Museum in the capital. AK Mital has been replaced by Ashwani Lohani is a 1976-batch officer of the Indian Railway Stores, was reappointed to the same post two days before his retirement in 2016. With the two-year extension, Mital was to remain in office till July 2018, according to PTI.
Earlier in the day Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu offered to resign from his post after taking full responsibility of the multiple rail accidents that have taken place in the past.