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Dalbir Singh Suhag to replace General Bikram Singh as Army chief

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag will be the next army chief succeeding Gen Bikram Singh as the UPA government on Tuesday appointed him to the top post, ignoring protests from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The appointments committee of the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved recommendation of the defence ministry a day after it was received, sources said.

A Gurkha officer, Suhag is currently the vice chief of army staff and the senior-most among the lieutenant generals. He will have a tenure of 30 months as the chief of the force when he takes over from General Bikram Singh who retires on 31 July.

Alumnus of Sainik School in Chittorgarh, Suhag joined National Defence Academy (NDA) in 1970 and was commissioned into 4/5 GR (FF) in June 1974. The general officer has attended various career courses in India and abroad which include LDMC at CDM, Secunderabad in 1997-98, NDC course at New Delhi in 2006, executive course in USA in 2005 and Senior Mission Leaders Course (UN) in Kenya in 2007.

He was a company commander in “Op Pawan” in Sri Lanka and commanded 53 Infantry Brigade which was committed in counter insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley from July 2003 to March 2005.

Suhag holds the distinction of commanding 8 Mountain Division in Kargil from October 2007 to December 2008. He took over as the eastern army commander on 16 June 2012 after a high-voltage drama involving him and former chief general V.K. Singh.

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