New Delhi, December 31: General Dalbir Singh Suhag has retired as the Army chief on Saturday and General Bipin Rawat has taken the charge in his place. On this occasion talking to media, General Dalbir Suhag has assured the nation that army will protect India’s dignity and is fully prepared to take any challenge, be it external or internal.
General Dalbir Suhag further said, “The day I took over I had said that our response to any action will be more than adequate, immediate, intense and Indian army delivered that in the last 2 and a half years.” He also presented the report and said 141 terrorists were killed in Jammu & Kashmir in the year 2016 whereas 65 terrorists killed in the year 2013 and 67 killed in year 2012.
He further said, “I strongly believe that actions must speak louder than words and Indian army has delivered this in the last 2 and half years.” General Suhag while talking to media saluted martyrs who made supreme sacrifices in upholding honour of the nation.
General Dalbir further thanked central Government for granting One Rank One Pension to the armed forces and expressed his gratitude to PM Modi and Government for their full support and giving free hand in conduct of operations.
“After 43 years of service to the nation I superannuate today. I salute the martyrs who made supreme sacrifices,” Dalbir Singh said after inspecting a Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns. Earlier he paid tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti on his last day as Army Chief.
A number of big events happened during General Suhag’s regime including surgical strike which happened nine days after the Uri attacks. The other major events include Uri terror attacks, Pathankot attacks, Gurdaspur attack, Baramulla attacks etc.
On the other side, Arup Raha also retired today as Air Force Chief and Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa has taken the charge in his place.