Also, the seven-member board is powerful and sits over crores of funds. All decisions pertaining to the railways' large budget of Rs 63,363 crore or $11.5 billion for the current fiscal is routed through the board.
Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla was arrested by the CBI yesterday, which also held Mahesh Kumar, a Member of the Railway Board in connection with alleged bribery of Rs 90 lakh for fixing job position in Railway Board.
Three members Member (Staff) AK Vohra, Member Mechanical (Keshav Chandra) and Member (Traffic) KK Srivastava retired on April 30. Next month Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal and Finance Commissioner Vijaya Kanth are retiring next month.
The position that Mahesh Kumar wanted was Member (Electrical). And the post of Member (Electrical) is also crucial for passing tenders of over Rs 2,000 crore worth of railway projects in the coming in next few years.
Before his elevation, Mahesh Kumar was General Manager, Western Railway in Mumbai. Kumar graduated in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 1975 from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He has been Executive Director/Signal, Railway Board, Executive Director/Telecom, Railway Board, Divisional Railway Manager (Bangalore), Chief Administrative Officer, Indian Railway Project Management Unit, Delhi and Additional Member (Signal), Railway Board.