Northern Command bid a fond adieu to their GOC-in-C,Lt Gen K T Parnaik who retired after an illustrious career of 41 years.
General Parnaik,who hails from Pune,took over the reins of the Operational Command on January 1,2011,in the wake of protests that erupted in the Valley. He conceptualised and executed a realistic and practical strategy with the help of civil administration,state police,CAPF,and other intelligence agencies resulting in restoring peace in the region for three consecutive summers.
The General contributed significantly in the initiation of a number of developmental projects for the welfare of the people under Operation Sadbhavana. The projects helped channelise the energy of youth for constructive and purposeful activities like vocational training and sports, said a release issued by the Press Information Bureau,Defence Wing.
The release added,Owing to his sustained efforts,several projects were initiated to upgrade the facilities for troops deployed in extreme weather conditions and inhospitable terrain. He also contributed immensely towards the welfare of the Veer Naris,veterans and their dependants.
In his farewell message,the Army Commander complimented all ranks for their immense professionalism,steadfastness,dedication and loyalty.He also thanked the civil administration for their excellent synergy with the Armed Forces. The honour and integrity of our great nation rests on your shoulders and the strength of your resoluteness. I am sanguine that you shall continue to do the country proud. the release quoted him saying.