The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on 31 August appointed Jaya Verma Sinha the first woman CEO and Chairperson of the 166-year-old Railway Board, the apex decision-making body for the national transporter.
She will be responsible for overseeing the overall transportation of freight and passenger services.
- She was at the center stage of the railways’ media interactions recently when, as the Member (Operations and Business Development), she explained the complex signaling system after the tragic Balasore accident which killed nearly 300 people.
- She succeeds Anil Kumar Lahoti.
- She also worked as Railway Advisor in the High Commission of India, Dhaka, Bangladesh for four years. The Maitree Express from Kolkata to Dhaka was inaugurated during her tenure in Bangladesh. She also worked as the Divisional Railway Manager, Eastern Railway, Sealdah Division.
- Sinha's journey with the Indian Railways began in 1988 when she joined as an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer. Over the course of her 35-year career, she has served in various capacities, including operations, information technology, commercial, and vigilance.