Succeeding General Bipin Rawat, General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Tuesday took charge as 28th Chief of Army Staff. With General Bipin Rawat retirement on due on December 31 after a three-year stint as the Army chief, Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane who served as vice-chief of the army took charge after a farewell Guard of Honour.
General Rawat handed over the baton of the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee to his successor. While General Bipin Rawat expressed his confidence that General Naravane will take Army to greater heights, the latter stated that it was an honour to be given such a responsibility. When asked about the challenges ahead, the new Army Chief stated that it was too early to talk about it.
General Bipin Rawat will take over as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) on Wednesday as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day. Congress party raised several questions over the appointment of General Bipin Rawat saying the government has started on a wrong foot on the issue. Taking to media Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari questioned why the appointment of a CDS is fraught with difficulties and ambiguities.