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Centre reshuffles senior officials

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Indian RailwayThe Government has decided to reshuffle many senior officials recently with a slew of appointments and transfers.

Rajesh Agarwal, an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME)cadre officer, has taken over as General Manager, Modern Coach Factory (Raibareily).

The position was awaiting appointment since last October. It had fallen vacant due to the appointment of Mahesh Kumar Gupta as Member (Engineering) Railway Board. Before being appointed on latest position, Agarwal served as Chief Mechanical Engineer, West Central Railways, Jabalpur.

He was empanelled to hold GM rank post in last July.

In another development, Chennai-headquartered Southern Railway’s Additional General Manager P K Mishra has been appointed as the new GM of East Central Railway (ECR). It has its headquarters set up at Bihar’s Hajipur area.

President Ram Nath Kovind okayed Mishra’s appointment. Railway Board’s Joint Secretary R K Meena issued a notification to the effect on last Thursday, a media report said citing sources.

The post of the ECR GM had been lying vacant for three months since the elevation of D K Gayen, as the Railway Board member.

Meanwhile, A K Prasad (IRAS) has been appointed Financial Commissioner, Railway Board. Having held the position of Additional Member, Finance, Prasad replacs B N Mohapatra (IRAS). The latter will retire in a few days on January 31.

In another significant development, Sudeep Kumar Lakhtakia was appointed Director General, National Security Guard (NSG)

Last week on Friday, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet gave the go ahead to the appointment of Sudeep Kumar Lakhtakia (IPS:1984:TG) as Director General of National Security Guard (NSG). He is presently serving as Special DG in Central Reserve Force.

He will take over from Sudhir Pratap Singh (IPS:1983:RJ). The latter retires this month.

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