Railway taps new chief after controversy over union

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday passed a motion to appoint Railway Board chief Jairam Ramesh as chairman of the Railway Board.

Jairam, a retired railway engineer, was appointed by the Centre on November 19, after a controversy broke out over his alleged involvement in the firing of a worker by an employee of the Bharat Ratna Railway.

A senior railway official said the decision was taken after an official inquiry was conducted into the incident.

The Railway Board has been in the news for some time after the dismissal of former railway officer Kishore Bhatia for alleged involvement, along with a second senior railway officer, in the same incident.

Sources in the Railway Ministry said the Cabinet decision was made after an inquiry was held by the Railway Accountability Bureau (RAB).

The RAB report, which was handed over to the Cabinet, revealed that the former railway official had “misused his position” by trying to take a job in the government-run Bharat Vikas Prabha (BVP) which is run by the Railways Ministry.