Ash­wani Lo­hani to head Rail­way Board, Ra­jiv Bansal is new Air In­dia CMD

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Ash­wani Lo­hani has been ap­pointed as Chair­man, Rail­way Board, Min­istry of Rail­ways, and ex-of­fi­cio Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary to Gov­ern­ment of In­dia vice A.K. Mi­tal. He as­sumed charge of his new as­sign­ment on Au­gust 24. Prior to this as­sign­ment, Lo­hani was serv­ing as Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Air In­dia. The gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed se­nior IAS of­fi­cer

Ra­jiv Bansal as the Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Air In­dia for three months. Bansal is ad­di­tional sec­re­tary and fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor at the pe­tro­leum min­istry.

A 1988 batch of­fi­cer of Na­ga­land cadre, Bansal takes over this post at a time when the gov­ern­ment is work­ing on the modal­i­ties for the dis­in­vest­ment of the loss-mak­ing na­tional car­rier. He had served at the civil avi­a­tion min­istry be­tween 2006 and 2008.

Lo­hani’s trans­fer to Rail­way Board came in the wake of A.K. Mit­tal’s res­ig­na­tion from the po­si­tion ow­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Puri-Harid­war Utkal Ex­press de­rail­ment in Ut­tar Pradesh. Lo­hani has worked in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties in Min­istry of Rail­ways, Union Min­istry of Tourism and in Gov­ern­ment of Mad­hya Pradesh. Within the rail­ways he has worked on the South Cen­tral, East­ern and North­ern Rail­ways be­sides the Diesel Lo­co­mo­tive Works at Varanasi and the In­te­gral Coach Factory, at Chen­nai.

Ash­wani Lo­hani

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