On Saturday, the Defense Ministry said that Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the new Army Chief and Air Marshal BS Dhanoa will be the new head of Indian Air Force. The arrangement of Rawat has overlooked the guideline of rank as Eastern Army Commander, Lt General Praveen Bakshi, and Southern Army Commander, Lt General PM Harris had invested longer energy in administration. Bakshi was likewise not designated Vice Chief when the post fell empty in September and Rawat acquired from the Southern Command.
As soon as the appointment was announced, the Opposition expressed anger that the government had failed to respect seniority. Bad habit Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Bipin Rawat’s choice as the following armed force head, superseding two senior officers, has set off a political tempest. After previous Prime Minister Indira Gandhi neglected General SK Sinha to make General AS Vaidya the armed force boss in 1983, this is the second time in 33 years when the administration hasn’t taken after the custom of picking the senior-most broad for the top post. The resistance service is yet to remark on the matter, government sources say Lt Gen Rawat is the most appropriate for the officers to counter the difficulties the nation as of now faces.
Lt General Rawat and Air Marshal Dhanoa, in the blink of an eye the Vice Chiefs of their particular administrations, will assume control on 31 December, when officeholders General Dalbir Singh and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha demit office on retirement from the administration. Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’. He has commanded an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an infantry division in the Kashmir Valley, and has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations.