General Bikram Singh, who has promised to strengthen the work culture and core values of the military, today took over as Army Chief succeeding Gen V K Singh whose tenure towards the end was tumultuous.
A veteran infantry officer, 59-year-old Gen Bikram Singh will have a term of two years and three months.
Known to his friends as 'Bikki', the new Chief has outlined his priorities as ensuring operational readiness of the army and strengthening its work culture and core values.
The outgoing Chief had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March saying that the army was facing critical shortages of ammunition. In this context, he had said that air defence systems were 97 per cent obsolete and only four days of tank ammunition was left in stock.
Image: In this photo released by the Government of India, India's new army chief, Gen. Bikram Singh, left, shakes hands with India's Defense Minister A.K.Antony after assuming office in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 31, 2012.