In a historic move, Jaya Verma Sinha has been appointed as the inaugural female Chairperson and CEO of the Indian Railways, marking a significant milestone. The Union government’s announcement states that Jaya Verma Sinha, an accomplished member of the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) with expertise in Operations and Business Development, will take over the role. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has endorsed her appointment to the esteemed position. This new responsibility will be effective from September 1, 2023, until her superannuation, with the possibility of re-employment until December 31, 2024.
Taking over from Anil Kumar Lahoti, Jaya Verma Sinha’s appointment is an embodiment of progress and gender diversity in a traditionally male-dominated sector. Her journey will commence on September 1, and she is set to reshape the future of the Indian Railways. While Vijaylaxmi Vishwanathan paved the way as the first female member of the Railway Board, Jaya Verma Sinha’s elevation to Chairperson and CEO represents a groundbreaking step forward.
With this appointment, the Indian Railways not only welcomes a visionary leader but also takes a momentous stride towards empowering women in top leadership roles.
Re-reported from the article originally published in The News Minute