As outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat paid tribute to the brave martyrs at the National War Memorial on Tuesday, he also penned a note in the visitors' book of the memorial. In his note, he remembered all the martyred soldiers of the forces who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty to protect our nation.
General Rawat's note read, "On this day of relinquishing the appointment of Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army, I pay tribute to the brave soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty to protect our nation. We assure you that the welfare of your families will remain our responsibility. My salutation to each one of you. You have done us proud. Jai Hind !"
Ahead of taking charge as India's first Chief of Defence Staff on January 1, outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat paid tribute at the National War Memorial in New Delhi. The Indian Army Chief ended his tenure as COAS on Tuesday, with General Manoj Mukund Naravane succeeded him.
"My solemn gratitude to all ranks, soldiers who have laid down their lives in line of duty, Veer Mata, Veer Nari & veterans. My compliments to soldiers on Northern, Western and Eastern front braving the icy cold winters".— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) December 31, 2019
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At Guard of Honour
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Earlier on December 30, General Bipin Rawat was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for the post of Chief of Defence Staff. This development came a day after the Central Government amended the Army Rule of 1954 which now provides an extension of tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff if deemed necessary. Hence the 61-year old can serve up to the age of 65 now as the CDS.