Pune, Mar 01: Lt General Aditya Singh today took over as the new General Officer Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command here.
After taking over charge, he told mediapersons that, ''we have
a rich legacy of operational fitness and preparedness but have to
be cautious about the emerging sub-conventional threats like
terrorist attacks on Akashardham temple, Ayodhya or the Indian
Institute of Science at Bangalore.''
He said, ''Nobody knows when there can be a conventional war and
while we are prepared we still need to brace ourselves from
On the Naxal threats, he said it was the Government's problem.
The civil administration can take care of these things, he said.
The army is looking at its new role of engagements and
contributing towards the growth of the nation through military
diplomacy, he added.
Lt General Singh completed his education from Mayo College, Ajmer
and joined National Defence Academy (NDA) in 1963. He was appointed
Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command on January 14, 2005,
and for his role in rehabilitation and reconstruction work after the
tsunami struck in December 2004, he was awarded a bar to the Ati
Vishisht Seva medal.
He also has the distinction of commanding the Deccan Horse and the
President's bodyguard. He has also commanded a sector in high
altitude area of the Indo-Tibet border and an armoured brigade in
Rajasthan. Later, he was appointed Chief of A corps in the western
sector and commanded the 21 corps.