New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Jaya Verma Sinha has taken on the role of the first woman chairperson of the Railway Board in the Indian Railways. Her appointment comes as a historic moment, as she becomes the head of the prime decision-making body of the national transportation system. Sinha, an Indian Railway Management Services (IRMS) officer from the 1988 batch, previously held the position of Member of Operations & Business Development within the railways.
Sinha's appointment was officially approved by the Centre and a notification was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training. She will begin her new role on September 1, succeeding the outgoing chairman Anil Kumar Lahoti, who is superannuated on 31st August 2023.
Throughout her career, Sinha has established herself as an exceptional officer within the Higher Administrative Grade-Plus rank. Her strong professionalism, decision-making abilities, and articulate communication skills have earned her recognition and respect within the railway community. She has played pivotal roles in achieving targets related to both freight and passenger transportation, demonstrating her effectiveness in managing complex operations.
Notably, Sinha was instrumental in explaining the intricate signalling system following a tragic accident in Balasore during her time as the member of operations and business development. She has also held various important positions in her career, including being the principal chief operation manager of SE Railway, principal chief commercial manager of Northern Railway, and railway advisor at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Sinha's appointment marks a significant stride toward women's empowerment and equality in the railway sector. As the first woman to hold the position of chairperson of the Railway Board, she embodies the progression of gender diversity within leadership roles and underscores the railways' commitment to fostering a more inclusive environment. Her tenure extends until August 31, 2024, and her remarkable achievements and contributions are expected to pave the way for further advancements in the Indian Railways.