A serious effort to refurbish the image of the Railways has been undertaken by getting the names of top officers cleared to ensure proper functioning of the organisation.

The Railway Board had come under a cloud with officers and staff questioning the locus standi of their orders when they themselves happened to be facing charges.

Top sources on Tuesday said the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) cleared the names of acting Chairman Arunendra Kumar and Northern Railway general manager V.K. Gupta with which they too have rejoined the race for the post of Chairman. General Manager Kolkata Metro Radhey Shyam and South Western Railway A.K. Mittal, who were among the first lot to get the nod from the CVC, were the other two contenders.

Mr. Kumar has received an extension of one month as acting Chairman by when the Centre hopes to appoint a regular chairman.

A list of 10 names has been referred to the CVC for clearance. The latest to join the race is general manager, Rail Wheel Factory, Rajeev Bhargava whose claim for the top post was scuttled two years ago. The reason cited was he would have served almost four more years. His seniors opposed to this prospect.

The government has specified a residual tenure of two years as part of the criteria that requires the candidate to have officiated as zonal general manager.

Others who are battling to get their names cleared are Member Electrical Kul Bhushan and North Frontier Railway general manager R.S. Virdi.