Have to stay a step ahead of militants: Army

Lt Gen Shri Krishna Singh on Tuesday took over as the Army`s vice chief and asked the troops to remain vigilant to "stay one step ahead" of militants.

Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 00:01 AM IST

New Delhi: Lt Gen Shri Krishna Singh, a
veteran Gorkha soldier, on Tuesday took over as the Army`s vice
chief and asked the troops to remain vigilant to "stay one
step ahead" of militants.

Singh succeeded Lt Gen Arvinder Singh Lamba, who
superannuated yesterday.

"The militants tend to acquire new techniques and we have
to be vigilant always to stay one step ahead of them," he told
reporters soon after taking over the new post.

He said the Army was well-prepared to tackle both
external and internal challenges faced by the country.

Lt Gen Singh is also one of the first officers to have
been commissioned into the Army after the 1971 Bangladesh War.

Prior to this appointment, the Gorkha officer was
commanding the Jaipur-based South Western Army.

In his career span of over 35 years, the General officer
has commanded a brigade in Siachen Glacier, an infantry
division on Line of Control and the Leh-based 14 Corps.

He has the privilege of being Colonel of 8 Gorkha Rifles
(Sam`s Own) since April 1, 2006, of which Field Marshal SHFJ
Manekshaw was the first Colonel post-Independence.

With over two years in office, Singh will have an
enormous task of ensuring that Army`s future force structures
are capable of meeting current and future obligations based on
a `threat cum capability approach`.

PTI