India Well Prepared to Face Any Threat: New Army Chief

New Indian Army Chief General VK Singh has said that India is ready for any challenge with army being well prepared to face any threat, including one from China, said media reports.

Singh, took over yesterday after retirement of Gen Deepak Kapoor, said that he would concentrate on bettering ‘internal health’ of the force to eliminate corruption, reports said.

A senior army officer who has served with Singh said, “He is a stickler for rules and has zero tolerance for corruption. His personal conduct has been above the board.”

He ordered a probe into the Sukna land case and recommended strict action against four generals allegedly involved, reports said.

Singh, a third-generation officer of the Rajput Regiment, hails from Bapoda village in Bhiwani.

He has vast operational experience in counter-insurgency operations, Line of Control and high-altitude environment.

He was commissioned into 2 Rajput in June 1970 and had been heading the army’s Kolkata-based Eastern Command prior to becoming army chief.

Singh is a veteran of the 1971 India-Pakistan war and IPKF (Indian Peacekeeping Keeping Force in Sri Lanka) operations.

He graduated from the US Army Infantry School and also attended the US Army War College, Carlisle.

(Based on internet reports)

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