Lieutenant General Manoj Pande will succeed as the force’s senior commander following General M.M Naravane, who is set to depart at the end of this month.
The government named Vice Chief Lt . gen. Manoj Pande is the upcoming Chief of the Indian Army on Monday, and he will begin office on May 1. The 29th Army Chief of Operations will be the 1st officer from the Corps of Engineers to take over as Chief of Army Standard.
Following Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, who will conclude his 28-month stint on April 30. “The government has chosen to pick Lt . gen. Manoj Pande as another Chief of Army Staff,” said officials from the Defence ministry.
According to the Military, he was a part of Mission Parakram. Hence, a 2001–2002 confrontation between India and Pakistan in answer to the Parliament incident. Thousands of troops have been massed on both sides of the border and all along the Line of Control in Kashmir as a consequence of the armed standoff between India and Pakistan.
Following a successful explosion of nuclear bombs by both nations in 1998, this was the next significant military confrontation between India and Pakistan, the first one being the Kargil Conflict in 1999.
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Manoj Pande’s History:
Pande, a National Defence Academy graduate, joined the Corps of Engineers in December 1982. During Mission Parakram in the Pallanwala area along the Border of Communication in Jammu and Kashmir, Pande headed an engineer regiment. The large-scale deployment of troops and armaments to the west side, known as Operation Parakram. However, it preceded the December 2001 terrorist incident on Parliament. As a result, which drew India and Pakistan to the verge of war.
Lt General Pande has handled an engineer division in the West Theater. An infantry regiment along the Line of control, a mountain battalion in the Ladakh region, and an army in the northeast during his 39-year tenure. Before taking leadership of the Eastern Command, he was the commanding officer of the Andaman and Nicobar Force.
For his distinguished service, he has received the Param Vishisht Seva Award. Moreover, Ati Vishisht Seva Award, Vishisht Seva Trophy, chief of army staff recognition, and major general commanding-in-chief recognition thrice. The general officer in the Mumbai Sappers’ colonel commanding officer.