General Bipin Rawat takes over as the Chief of Army Staff, in New Delhi on December 31, 2016. Image Source: wikipedia

Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat met the Prime Minister of India on Wednesday. This was his first meet with the Prime Minister since he assumed the office on 31 December 2016.

Gen. Bipin Rawat.

General Bipin Rawat was appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff on 1 September, 2016. Following this, the Government of India designated him as the Chief of Army Staff on 17 December, 2016. He superseded two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz.

Gen. Bipin Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in the year 1978. He hails from Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He graduated from the Indian Military Academy, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’.

The General Officer has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations. He commanded an Infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern sector. In addition to this, he has served in several other places including the Kashmir Valley.

On 11 January, 2017 he met the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, for the first time after assuming his office. The official Twitter account of PMO India confirmed with a tweet during the dusk where it tweeted, “Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat met PM @narendramodi”.

Tweet by the PMO India, late in the evening on January 11, 2017.
Credits: PMO India/Twitter

The crux of the discussion is not revealed yet. The Ministry of Defence is expected to make decisions regarding the creation of post of permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. He will join the chiefs of Air Force and Naval during this presentation.

Earlier this month, he had a meeting with all the army commanders including superseded southern command chief Lt. General P M Hariz. During this meeting, he outlined his security priorities and his plans for the future of the force. He also had a meeting with the Union Minister of Home Affairs, earlier this month.

The new Chief of the Army Staff will be taking crucial decisions regarding the Cold Start, he had earlier mentioned about.