<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even before the row over appointing Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as interim director of the CBI could die down, the Modi government has countered a fresh controversy on its decision to appoint Lt General Bipin Rawat as the new Army chief by superseding Lt General Praveen Bakshi and Lt Genenral PM Harizwas.The Congress and the Left have questioned the Government on its motive behind the appointment of Lt Gen Rawat.Citing the dynamics and hierarchy embedded in every institution, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “With all due respect to Gen Rawat’s professionalism and no personal animus towards anybody, there is a legitimate question as to why that supersession has taken place…Did the government have anything against them? Was their professionalism in question? What was the reason and I guess with the army being a public institution, the country deserves those answers.”When reminded of the previous instance of supersession in 1983 by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who gave the reins of the Army in the hands of Gen AS Vaidya, superseding Lt Gen S K Sinha, Tiwari called it “complete nonsense”. “ Every situation has its own context and, therefore nothing can be extrapolated out of context in order to justify a supersession. So, therefore the government needs to answer this legitimate question as to why these senior army commanders were superseded,” he said.CPI leader D Raja and former Army Chief General Shankar Roy Chowdhury have also questioned the appointment.DIFFERENT NOTEFormer Army Chief Gen Shankar Roy Chowdhury said he differs with Defence Minister Parrikar’s assumption that operational experience in one type of terrain was found relevant in Gen Rawat’s case. The BJP, however, lashed out at the Opposition reaction.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Sunday visited Chandimandir military station near Chandigarh on his farewell visit to Western Command.Lt Gen Surinder Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command, received the Army Chief, who was accompanied by his wife Namita Suhag, a defence spokesman said in Chandigarh.The Army Chief was accorded a warm farewell by all ranks of Western Command, he said.During the visit, Suhag addressed all officers of Western Command and applauded all ranks for their selfless commitment and fortitude in discharging their duties under trying circumstances. He exhorted all ranks to inculcate high standard of professionalism and to uphold the core values of Army.Later, the Army Chief whose term ends this month, called on Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the spokesman said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal will get a share of Rs 900 to 1,000 crore out of Rs 21,000 crore additional fund sanctioned by the NABARD for the current rabi sowing season to tide over the cash crisis resulting from demonetization.National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Chief General Manager A K Raybarman expressed confidence that there would be no scarcity of money with sanctioning of up to Rs 1,000 crore. The government has taken enough measures to make adequate cash available in rural India so that farmers do not suffer during the sowing season, he said.State Bank of India CGM P P Sengupta also said the bank would give priority to make cash available in the districts to take care of the farm sector. Speaking at the CII-organised CSR meet in Kolkata he informed that banks are working towards reviving an old system which would reduce demand for cash at the hands of the farmer for buying agricultural inputs.”There has been an effort to reduce the cash demand of a farmer to the extent that he spends for inputs like fertiliser and seeds. Methods are being worked out to allow farmers to buy their requirements without paying cash to the vendor,” Raybarman said. “I had suggested in a meeting that instruments like payorder can be issued for 60-70% of farmers’ credit limit that can be redeemed at the farm stores,” he said.If demand for cash is reduced by 70% then it will be smooth going in the rabi season despite demonetization, bankers felt. Last year farm credit demand was some Rs 3 lakh crore in India.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Major General (Retd.) SK Chakravorty, who was behind the planning and execution of Operation Ginger along the Line of Control (LoC), on Sunday said that the 2011 strike was a revenge attack carried out by the Indian Army after Pakistan staged two cross-border surgical strikes in which at least 13 soldiers were killed.”They (Pakistan) first conducted an operation, but action was done from their side. To take revenge of that, this operation was conducted,” he told ANI.Major General (Retd.) admitted that all details which have come up regarding the 2011 operation was true and said that even the then DGMO and the then Army Chief General VK Singh had information about it. However, he refused to discuss further details.It was reported earlier that the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in 2011, in retaliation to a surprise attack on an army post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara in July 2011 which led to the death of 13 soldiers and beheading of six of them. In revenge, the Indian Army planned Operation Ginger.
Chennai: Army chief General Dalbir Singh on Saturday said the force was the “most admired and respected institution” in the country and it was even being recognised by the international community.
“Indian Army has an image. Our Army is the most admired and respected institution in the country. We have rendered
exemplary service in the face of external and internal challenges,” he said in his address after reviewing a passing out parade at the Officers’ Training Academy in Chennai.
He said that Indian Army’s role in UN peacekeeping operations had been “lauded by the international community” and noted that Indian Army was not just for the power it represents, but also for maturity and responsibility.
Earlier, 183 cadets, including 37 women, passed out as officers following an impressive parade.
Among those inducted as officers were Lt Nikita A Nair, a former ‘May Queen Miss Pune’ who had walked the ramp for two fashion pageants, the Army said.
Lt G Vaishali was a professional Bharatnatyam dancer while Lt Balveer Singh Rathore from Jodhpur is the son of a tourist guide who wanted to make it to the Army.
General Singh also gave away awards to outstanding cadets.
Later, Singh visited the Army’s Southern Command where he was briefed about the training activities being carried out at various regimental centres.
Singh was also briefed on the assistance provided by the Army during the December 2015 floods in Chennai and the rescue and relief effort undertaken, where “19,500 civilian were rescued, 20,000 were provided with medical aid and more than two lakh relief packages distributed”, a PIB (Defence) release said.
Singh expressed his appreciation on the work undertaken by the Army, it added.
Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao, who played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, died here today at the military hospital following a cardiac arrest. He was 92.Rao also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy was at its peak in the state. Rao was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army and had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the force. He was commissioned into the Army on August 9, 1942. As a young officer, he had served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During extensive Punjab disturbances in the run up to the partition in 1947, he served both in East and West Punjab. He also participated in the 1947-48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. He was a founder Instructor of the National Defence Academy during 1949-51.Rao had commanded a brigade in the forward area of Ladakh during 1965-66, an infantry division in Jammu Region during 1969-70 and a Mountain Division engaged in counter insurgency operations in Nagaland and Manipur during 1970-72.During this period, his Division also participated in the 1971 India-Pakistan War in Eastern Theatre and was instrumental in the capture of Sylhet area and liberation of North-East Bangladesh, an Army statement said. He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for displaying outstanding leadership, courage, determination and drive during this war.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar condoled his death and said “the country has lost one of our best known military leaders. He was a visionary who led ably, inspired a generation of soldiers and initiated modernisation of the Indian Army in the early 1980s.”Rao’s contribution in the 1971 War and maintaining the unity and integrity of the country shall always be remembered, he said. Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag also condoled the demise of Krishna Rao.During 1975-76, he was also the Chairman of the Expert Committee constituted by the government on re-organisation and modernisation for future defence of the country. He served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff at Army Headquarters during 1978-79. Subsequently, he was promoted and served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command during 1979-81.Rao was appointed as Chief of Army Staff on June 1, 1981 and served in that capacity till July 1983. He was also the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, the highest appointment in the Services, during March 1982 to July 1983.From June 1984 to July 1989, Rao was the Governor of the North Eastern States of Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura. He was also the Governor of Mizoram in June 1988, and March to July 1989. Rao was appointed as the the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir during 1989-90.”When a proxy war developed in Jammu and Kashmir and reached its peak, he was reappointed as Governor and served there from March 1993 to May 1998. In this capacity, he was instrumental in restoring peace and democracy in the insurgency-riven state,” the statement said.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief over the death of former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao who also served as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the peace of the departed soul, a PDP spokesman said in a statement.Rao was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time from July 11, 1989 to January 19, 1990 and the second time from March 13, 1993 till May 2, 1998. Rao governed the state under Governor’s Rule and ensured successful parliamentary and assembly elections in the state in 1996.