Live TV interview by a railway officer on a national TV channel. BoI reviewed the Sahara Samay’s one-hour long show where Kumar, then a divisional railway manager based out of Mumbai, talked about railways’ preparedness amid incessant rain in the financial capital, and also explained what does his name, Arunendra, actually mean. The anchor was thrilled to hear that Arunendra is a combination of rain (Indra) and sunshine (Arun).
The question is: will Arunendra Kumar be able to bring sunshine to the Railway Board that got mired by a series of corruption charges beginning with the CBI arresting Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar in a bribery case. It was believed that Mahesh Kumar wanted to get shifted to a more lucrative post, Member (Electrical), once incumbent Kul Bhushan, the senior most member of the Board, becomes its chairman. But the plan did not work out. Bhushan himself was eliminated from the race after he was named in a preliminary inquiry by the CBI.
The story did not end there. The railways have failed to select the right man to head its Board after Vinay Mittal retired as chairman on June 30, 2013. While Arunendra Kumar was made acting chairman, the searches began to spot the right person to be named as Railway Board's full-time chairman.
North East Frontier Railway’s General Manager RS Virdi then became the top contender for the job, but he too was eased out after the Central Vigilance Commission found that Virdi got minor penalties in a 10-year-old case. His name was earlier cleared by the vigilance watchdog when he was
considered for the post of Member (Electrical) in February this year.
Meanwhile, another contender AK Mittal, who is South Western Railway’s General Manager, found himself in a peculiar position when a confidential letter reportedly written by outgoing chairman Vinay Mittal, claimed that his performance was not up to the mark.
Finally, Arunendra Kumar became the full-time chairman of the Board. Before becoming a member in Railway Board, Kumar was general manager in Bilaspur-headquartered South East Central Railway (SECR) during 2011-2013. He was also the in-charge of maintenance of locomotives, coaches and wagons over a career of more than 35 years both in workshops and open line, a railway statement issued on Wednesday said.
Kumar attended advanced management and training programmes in Paris, Germany, South Korea, China, Switzerland, Canada, Namibia.
Kumar is an outstanding athlete, and loves to play badminton.