Ashwani Lohani to be Railway Board Chairman

Ashwani Lohani is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India

Ashwani Lohani is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India

The appointment comes after Mittal submitted his resignation from the post to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu earlier today.

The Chairman of the Railway Board Ashok Kumar Mittal resigned on Wednesday citing personal reasons.

This was the second rail accident in the state in four days. Mittal is the senior most bureaucrat of the Indian Railway.

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The appointments committee of the cabinet on Wednesday appointed Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani as chairman, Railway Board.

Earlier on Wednesday, Suresh Prabhu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign, taking "full moral responsibility" for the recent train accidents. On Tuesday night, Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiya after colliding with a dumper.

OnWednesday afternoon, rail minister Prabhu tweeted: "I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives".

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Lohani, an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers officer, had been a key figure in the turnaround of Air India. "Hon'ble PM has asked me to wait", said Prabhu.

On Saturday, 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh leaving more than 20 people dead and over 150 injured. He also said that he would not allow laxity in operations by the Railway Board. Although he had earlier dismissed the allegations levelled against him, he made a decision to resign on moral grounds today following the derailment of Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express, which injured 74 passengers.

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