A.K.Mital Appointed as Chairman, Railway Board

Shri. A.K.Mital has been appointed as new Chairman, Railway Board & Ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Govt. of India. He succeeds Shri Arunendra Kumar who has superannuated today i.e. 31st December 2014 from Railway Services. Prior to this appointment, Shri A.K.Mital was Member Staff, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India. Earlier, he served as General Manager of South Western Railway-SWR (Headquarters Hubli) and was also looking after the additional charge of General Manager, South Central Railway- SCR (Headquarters Secunderabad).

Born on 7th July 1956, Shri Mital is a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.). An Officer of 1976 batch of Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS), Shri A.K. Mital has worked on various important posts on Indian Railways. He was Director/Stores, Executive Director/Vigilance and Executive Director/Stores in Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. He has worked as Chief Material Manager in Northern Railway.

He was Divisional Railway Manager of Izzatnagar Division in North Eastern Railway and Controller of Stores in South Central Railway/Secunderabad and Diesel Locomotive Works/Varanasi. Before joining Railway Board as Member Staff, he was General Manager of South Western Railway/Hubli. He has also held additional charge of three major Railways viz., Southern Railway, South Central Railway and Central Railway as General Manager for more than 12 months. Shri Mital has undergone training in USA and France.

Pradeep Kumar Appointed as Member Staff, Railway Board

Shri Pradeep Kumar has been appointed as new Member Staff, Railway Board & Ex-officio Secretary to the Govt. of India. Prior to this appointment he was General Manager, North-Central Railway along with additional charge of General Manager, Northern Railway. He succeeds Shri A.K.Mital, who has been elevated as Chairman, Railway Board & Ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Belonging to the Indian Railway Services of Engineering of 1977 batch, Shri Pradeep Kumar has graduated from with Bachelors in Civil Engineering from University of Roorkee and joined Railway services on North-Eastern Railway in the year 1978. Shri Kumar has a wide range of experience of working with various zones like North-Eastern, Northern, North-Central, Eastern, South Eastern, South Central and Northern Railway as well in the Railway Design and Standards Organization(RDSO) as well as in the apex body of Railway Board.

Shri Kumar has held several important positions viz. Addl. Member, Civil Engineering, Railway Board, Advisor, Railway Projects, Railway Board, Executive Director (Training & Manpower Planning), Railway Board , Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Delhi, Chief Bridge Engineer and also the Chief Track Engineer, Northern Railway. He was also deputed to work abroad on assignments and has represented the Indian Railways at various forums in Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Hungary, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and USA. Shri Kumar also secured MDPA from IIPA, New Delhi in the year 1997.

The tenure of Shri Kumar in each of the above key assignments is marked with noteworthy distinctions. While in the RDSO, he had designed a special type of concrete sleeper which are laid on points and crossings, known as Fan shaped turnouts. These turnouts have helped to improve track maintenance and safety and are adopted as standard on Indian Railways. Similarly, his term as an Executive Director, Civil Engineering & Planning is marked with the distinction of achieving highest ever progress for Track Renewals. As the head of the department of Civil Engineering on South Central Railway, he spearheaded the zone to win the Civil Engineering shield for three years consecutively for 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2011-12 respectively and the Shield for Level-crossings & ROBs for the year 2011-12. As Addl. Member, Civil Engineering, Railway Boards, he has looked after policy matters of Civil Engineering.

Navin Tondon Appointed as Member Electrical, Railway Board

Shri Navin Tondon has been appointed as new Member Electrical, Railway Board & Ex-officio Secretary to the Govt. of India. Prior to this appointment, he was General Manager South Eastern Central Railway (SECR). Earlier, Shri Tandon was working as Additional Member (Electrical), Railway Board.

Shri Navin Tandon has also worked as Additional General Manager, Eastern Railway, Kolkata. He is an Electrical Engineer and did his Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He joined Indian Railways Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) through 1976 Examination Batch. He also worked as Chief Electrical Engineer/Central Organization for Railway Electrification (CORE)/Allahabad, Chief Electrical Engineer, North Central Railway/Allahabad and South Western Railway/Hubli. Shri Tandon has got rich experiences of working of Sr. Dy. General Manager, North Central Railway and Divisional Railway Manager, Varanasi, North Eastern Railway.

Besides this, he acquired training in Canada, Japan and USA on computerization of Railways and Rolling Stock management respectively.