Jaya Varma Sinha takes charge as Railway Board’s first woman Chairperson & CEO


New Delhi, September 1: Senior Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer Jaya Varma Sinha took over the charge of new Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) in Rail Bhavan. She is the first woman to be appointed to this Apex post of Indian Railways.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Sinha as Chairperson and CEO of Railway Board.

Prior to this, Sinha has worked as Member (Operations and Business Development), Railway Board. She was responsible for the overall transportation of freight and passenger services on Indian Railways.

She joined the IRTS in 1988. In her career of over 35 years in Indian Railways, she has worked on various important posts like Member (Operations & Business Development) Railway Board, Additional Member, Traffic Transportation and Railway Board.

She has worked on diverse verticals spanning operations, commercial, IT and vigilance. She was also the first woman to be appointed as the Principal Chief Operations Manager of South Eastern Railway. She had worked as the Railway Advisor in the High Commission of India in Dhaka, Bangladesh during which the famous Maitri Express from Kolkata to Dhaka was inaugurated.

Sinha is an alumnus of Allahabad University, and has a keen interest in photography.

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