Indian government has appointed Jaya Verma Sinha as the first woman CEO and Chairperson of the Railway Board. It is apex decision-making body for the country’s national transportation network. Sinha’s appointment reflects a significant stride towards gender diversity and inclusivity in leadership roles within the Indian railways. Her impressive background and experience in railway management position her well to steer the future of the national transporter.
A Role of Prominence
Jaya Verma Sinha gained national attention recently for her role as the Member (Operations and Business Development) in the aftermath of the Balasore accident, a tragic incident that claimed the lives of nearly 300 people. During this time, she provided valuable insights into the complex signalling system, showcasing her expertise in railway operations.
Appointment and Tenure
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Sinha’s appointment, highlighting her distinguished service as a member of the Indian Railway Management Services (IRMS). According to the order, she is set to take over as Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board on or after September 1, with her term extending until August 31, 2024. Although slated for retirement on October 1, Sinha’s tenure will be extended to align with her role as the head of the Railway Board.
She is an alumna of Allahabad University. Jaya Verma Sinha embarked on her railway journey in 1988 when she joined the Indian Railway Traffic Service. Her career has spanned various influential roles within the railway sector. She contributed her expertise to the Northern Railway, S E Railway, and Eastern Railway.
Sinha’s commitment to the railway sector extended beyond national borders. She served as the Railway Advisor at the High Commission of India in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for four years. Her tenure in Bangladesh witnessed significant achievements, including the inauguration of the Maitree Express, connecting Kolkata and Dhaka.