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.

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