Featured Image: Gen Bipin Rawat (left) being received by Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi at Tezpur on Tuesday. Photo courtesy: MoD
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 24 January: AFTER taking over as the Chief of the Army Staff recently, General Bipin Rawat today began his maiden visit to the Eastern Command, whose jurisdiction includes the entire eastern and northeast India.
Gen Rawat landed at Tezpur airport in Assam by a special Indian Air Force flight and was received by Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, the GOC-in-C Eastern Command, and Lt Gen AS Bedi, the GOC of Gajraj Corps headquartered at Tezpur.
As Lt Gen Bakshi welcomed the newly appointed the Chief of the Army Staff, there was not an iota of discord that was being talked about in the media after the Union government picked Gen Rawat’s for the post bypassing his service senior Lt Gen Bakshi.
On reaching the Tezpur Army base, Gen Rawat was briefed by the Corps Commander on the security situation in the area of responsibility. Soon after this, accompanied by the Eastern Army Commander and the Corps Commander, the Army Chief flew to Tawang to visit the forward areas in western Arunachal Pradesh. He is scheduled to visit Imphal before returning to Delhi tomorrow.
General Rawat has previously been a Corps Commander in the Eastern Command and is familiar with the nuances of operational scenario here. He expressed satisfaction over the operational preparedness of the Gajraj Corps and encouraged all ranks to keep up the high state of alertness.