Operational readiness is top priority, says new army chief

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A day after taking office, Army Chief General Manoj Pande said his top priority would be to ensure high standards of operational readiness to meet contemporary and future challenges across the full spectrum of Conflicts.

“In terms of capability development and modernization of forces, my effort will be to take advantage of new technologies through the process of indigenization and Aatmanirbharta,” he said.

“I would like to focus on the ongoing reforms to improve the operational and functional efficiency of the army. The objective will be to strengthen inter-service cooperation,” the army chief added.

Referring to him as the first incoming Army Chief of the Corps of Engineers, General Pande said, “All officers of the Indian Army from its various arms and services have an equal opportunity for career and professional growth. . In leadership positions, all officers are trained and oriented in all aspects of warfare. He added: “I am proud to have been asked to lead the Indian army. It has a glorious past which has maintained the security and integrity of the nation. In the same way, he also contributed to nation building. The geopolitical situation is changing rapidly and we have many challenges ahead of us. I will strive to carry forward the work done by my predecessors.

General Pande is the 29th army commander. As army commander, General Pande served in two different theaters. He was chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command, which is a tri-service command; he then headed the Eastern Command headquartered in Kolkata, before becoming deputy army chief in February. It was during General Pande’s tenure as commander of the Eastern Army that 13 civilians were killed in a botched army operation in Nagaland in early December. A court of inquiry was ordered by him, which has been completed but its findings have not yet been made public.

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