Air India chief Ashwani Lohani appointed Railway Board Chairman, AK Mittal resigns

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Air India's Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani was granted the additional charge of heading the Railway Board after its incumbent chairperson Ashok Mittal resigned earlier on Wednesday.

"The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Ashwani Lohani, the CMD of Air India, as the new Chairman of Railway Board", an official statement from the government read. Mittal tendered his resignation to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.

However, it is said that Mittal's resignation is the result of the back to back two rail accidents which have taken place in last four days in UP. The extension was cleared by the Prime Minister's Office. Taking cognizance of the matter, PM Modi asked the minister to "wait" before taking any decision.

Prabhu said he had tried to overcome "decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas leading to unprecedented investment and milestones".

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Earlier, the Indian railway ministry suspended four officials and sent on leave three of its top officials, including a secretary-level railway board official, following the Muzzafarnagar accident. "I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives".

The derailment of Utkal Express near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday had left more than 25 passengers dead and more than 150 injured.

At least 74 people were injured in the incident as nine coaches of the Kaifiyat Express got derailed after colliding with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achalda railway stations.

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