Bipin Rawat Made New Army Chief Breaking Seniority Rule
Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the 27th Army Chief, superseding two senior most officials Lt Generals Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. The government has chosen to ignore two senior generals in the appointment of Army Chief, breaking a long-held tradition.
The Centre has appointed Lt General Bipin Rawat as the 27th Army Chief, superseding two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz.
Lt General Bipin, who is currently Vice Chief of Army Staff, will take will office after Gen Dalbir Singh retires on December 31. Air Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa will replace Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on December 31.
Lt Gen Rawat is an Infantry officer, having been commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles.
Lt Gen Rawat superseded senior most army commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, who headed the Eastern Command and was next in line to be the army chief, besides Southern Command Chief P M Hariz.
The central government has always been following the seniority principle except once when Lt Gen SK Sinha, in 1983 was superseded by Gen AS Vaidya.
Sinha chose to quit rather than serve under a junior officer, n an extremely hierarchy-conscious force.
So,the pressure may be on Lt Gens Bakshi and Hariz to quit in protest too