Indian Army Appointments
Lt Gen Baljit Singh Jaswal (photo) takes over as the Indian Army’s GOC-in-C Northern Command on October 1. He takes office after incumbent Lt Gen Prabodh Chand Bhardwaj takes on strength as Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) on October 1. Lt Gen AS Lamba, currently Chief of Staff at the Army’s Shimla-based training command (ARTRAC) will take over as GOC-in-C, ARTRAC. The appointment of Lt Gen Bhardwaj as Vice Chief had created a stir in the Army (and the Press), though this does not in any way upset the succession scene. The Army’s current Eastern Commander, Lt Gen Vijay Kumar Singh, is still in line to be the next Chief of Army Staff when the current Chief, General Deepak Kapoor, retires next March.