Kolkata: Putting to rest all speculation about his resignation, Eastern Army Commander lieutenant general Praveen Bakshi assured his full support to General Bipin Rawat, who took charge as the new army chief superseding him.
“I convey my best wishes and full support of Eastern Command to Gen. Bipin Rawat on having taken over as the Chief of Army Staff,” Bakshi said on Saturday. He also made it clear that he was not resigning, and even called the new army chief on the phone to congratulate him on taking over the reins of the army, an official said.
Speculation that he may seek premature retirement from service gained ground after he met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 21 December and then proceeded on leave after Christmas.
Bakshi was initially the frontrunner for the post of army chief. However, keeping aside the trend of seniority, the government appointed vice-chief of army, lieutenant general Bipin Rawat, a batch junior to Bakshi, as the new chief.
The army commander requested that speculation in media and trolling on social media should stop and everyone should focus on contributing their best to the betterment of the army and the nation.
At a function here on new year’s eve, he greeted all ranks of Army’s Eastern Command and said he would continue to lead the Command with full professional sincerity. He, however, continues to be on leave for the next few days.
First Published On : Dec 31, 2016 16:48 IST
Tue, 27 Dec 2016-11:30pm , Kolkata , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speculation about Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, who has been superseded by Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Army Chief, taking premature retirement heightened on Tuesday after he proceeded on leave.Army sources, however, said Lt Gen Bakshi is on a pre-scheduled three-day leave and is expected to resume duties on December 30, a day before Lt Gen Rawat takes over as the new Army Chief.There has been speculation that Lt Gen Bakshi may take premature retirement. He had recently met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, fuelling speculation about his possible resignation.
Close to a week after a massive fire broke out at one of Asia’s biggest ammunition depot in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon, the Army Eastern Command Headquarters reviewed security checks at its ammunition depot, said Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, Eastern Army Commander on Monday.“One accident that could have been catastrophic was restricted. However, we lost two officers. It was restricted to one shed. It was accident which was beyond our control. We have done a quick review of our own, I will not mention where they are, but you are aware. All security checks have been done and they are absolutely safe. There is no such thing as unsafe. I would like to ensure all, that everything is safe,” said Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, Eastern Army Commander on the sidelines of the veterans’ helpline launch at the Fort William, Eastern Command Headquarters on Monday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, a massive fire broke out at the ammunition depot of Maharashtra’s Pulgaon. As many as 18 people were reported dead, including two officers.
Defending the imposition of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the North East, the Army on Monday said there was no recent cases of misuse of the law in the region.”In Eastern Command, during the time I have spent here, there has not been a single incident which has been reported where AFSPA has not been used for the right reason,” Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi said. He said if there was any breach of AFSPA it was dealt with firmly by the Army.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If the Army is required to handle insurgency, we require AFSPA. If we don’t have AFSPA, our hands are tied and we cannot do our job. It is an enabling provision and not a draconian provision,” he said. Various human rights organisations have long been demanding repeal of the AFSPA which they call a “draconian” law. In Manipur, rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila has been on a fast-unto-death for 15 years demanding withdrawal of AFSPA. She is forcibly nose-fed at a government hospital in Imphal.