Relinquishing of command by General Bikram Singh
General Bikram Singh on July 31 relinquished the command of Indian Army and hung his uniform after a career spanning 42 years. On the eve of his superannuation, the General officer extended his gratitude to all ranks of the Indian Army. He also paid rich tributes to brave hearts who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty as also those who suffered grave injuries while upholding India’s honour and security.
The tenure of General Bikram Singh was marked by people friendly operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East while maintaining a high state of operational preparedness along the borders. More often than not, the first responder to a national crisis, the Army’s professionalism was aptly demonstrated during the Uttarakhand tragedy. The General also initiated measures to refine modernisation procedures. His efforts were able to bring in greater transparency and accountability in all policies and procedures while ensuring greater financial probity.
His tenure of two years resulted in desired accretion of combat power achieved in the form of commencement of raising of Mountain Strike Corps. The tenure also saw a boost to infrastructure development along Northern borders by improving efficiency of Border Roads Organisation, outsourcing of projects and expediting the processes of environmental/forest clearance. The outgoing Army Chief also initiated a review of Army’s human resource policies to fulfil the aspirations of the officers and soldiers as also the requirements of the organisation. His efforts to bring about an organisational wellness that permeated the rank & file of the Indian Army were reflected in the high levels of motivation and morale demonstrated by all ranks of the Indian Army. General Bikram also crafted a legacy in his pioneering efforts towards the welfare of Army Veterans, Veer Naris and widows.
General Bikram Singh is succeeded by General Dalbir Singh, who assumes charge on August 1, 2014.