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