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Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi will be the next Army Chief.This time the government did not violate the seniority rank as done during the time of late General Vipin Rawat and saved the honour and prestige of the army by considering seniority in posting

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Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi is currently serving as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. The current Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj C Pande, will demit office on June 30 He was to retire on May 31 but the government extended his tenure by a month in view of the Lok Sabha elections. The extension will be till June 30, a month ahead of his normal retirement. The extension was granted under Rule 16A (4) of the Army Rules, 1954. Army Chief General Manoj Pande took over the reins of the Indian Army on April 30, 2022. He was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers (Bombay Sappers) in December 1982. Before taking over as COAS, he was the Vice Chief of Army Staff.
Now after the formation of the new government of NDA, the central government has appointed the current Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi as the next Army Chief. His appointment will take effect from the afternoon of June 30, when General Pande, the current Chief of Army Staff, retires.
Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi was appointed Vice Chief of Army Staff on February 15 this year. Earlier, he was appointed as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army’s Northern Command on February 1, 2022.Prior to this, he served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems and Coordination) and General Officer Commanding of IX Corps. He has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. Lt Gen Dwivedi is an alumnus of Sainik School Rewa and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He was commissioned into the 18th Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles on 15 December 1984 from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi was born on 1 July 1964, in his career of about 40 years, he has held many important responsibilities.
He commanded a battalion at Chowkibal, which was a sector of Assam Rifles in Manipur during Operation Rakshak. He has also served as Inspector General, Assam Rifles in Assam. He has been posted as an instructor at the Indian Military Academy. He has been posted as Military Attaché and Director General of Infantry in the Government of Seychelles. He was appointed as Commander of IX Corps in February 2020 and Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems and Coordination) in April 2021.
Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi will be the next Army Chief.
There have been three terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir so far. The country’s new army chief has great experience of working on the northern and western borders. He has also commanded units in Kashmir and Rajasthan. He not only has experience in fighting terrorism but also has expertise in counter-insurgency operations in the North Eastern states. The new army chief, Lt Gen Dwivedi, has also been involved in the modernisation process of the force. He also played an important role in the induction of indigenous weapons in the army as a self-reliant India.
But you will be surprised to know that the country’s new army chief also has a connection with Ambikapur in the tribal-dominated Surguja district. The Army Chief-to-be has studied from Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Ambikapur and spent some of his childhood years in Ambikapur as his father was posted there at that time. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the residents of Ambikapur regarding this.
The government has given seniority in the selection of the Army chief this time, while the late General Rawat was made the chief by superseding two senior officers from him. This had irked the government and there was a rumour that the country’s National Security Advisor Mr. Doval had given this advice because he is from Uttarakhand. But late Rawat was a brave and skilled officer of the patriotic army. The senior-most officer after Lt Gen Dwivedi is Lt Gen Ajay Kumar Singh, the Commander of the Army’s Southern Command.Both Lt Gen Dwivedi and Lt Gen Singh are due to retire on June 30. The chiefs of the three services can serve up to the age of 62 or up to three years in office, whichever is earlier. The retirement age of officers of the rank of Lieutenant General is 60 years. However, he can serve till the age of 62 if cleared for four-star rank before that. Therefore, Shri Dwivedi will now serve the country for 2 more years. This time too, the rumour of giving command to Shri Ajay Kumar Singh was spread on social media, but the government did a good job by giving seniority to the preference.

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