Gen Upendra Dwivedi takes charge as CoAS

NEW DELHI, 30 Jun: Gen Upendra Dwivedi, who has vast operational experience along the frontiers with China and Pakistan, on Sunday assumed charge as the 30th Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), at a time when India is facing myriad security challenges including along the line of actual control (LAC).

Gen Dwivedi succeeds Gen Manoj Pande, who superannuated after more than four decades of service.

“Gen Dwivedi brings with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record of effectively planning and executing for the unexpected,” the Army said.

He was serving as the vice chief of the Army since 19 February. Before becoming the vice chief, he was serving as the general officer commanding-in-chief of the northern command from 2022 to 2024.

An alumnus of Sainik School, Rewa, in Madhya Pradesh, Gen Dwivedi was commissioned into a regiment of the Jammu & Kashmir Rifles in 1984. He has a unique distinction of balanced command as well as staff exposure across the northern, eastern and western theatres in varied operational environments.

The Army said that Gen Dwivedi’s impetus would be to augment the infusion of critical technologies by leveraging the nation’s vibrant, capable and productive technology ecosystem to enhance the force’s overall capability.

“He takes over as CoAS at a time when the global geo-strategic environment remains dynamic, with the challenges in the security domain becoming more pronounced due to technological advancements and the ever-changing character of modern warfare,” it said.

Gen Dwivedi has taken charge of the 1.3 million-strong Army at a time when India is facing various security challenges including along the LAC with China.

As the CoAS, he will also have to coordinate with the Navy and the Indian Air Force on the government’s ambitious plan to roll out theatre commands.

The Army said that operational preparedness to counter security threats to a rising nation would figure prominently as a key focus area for the CoAS.

“Concurrently, a focused response strategy to myriad non-traditional security challenges too shall be a priority towards augmenting the nation’s defence,” it said.

“Gen Dwivedi has tenanted critical appointments and played a pivotal role in combating grey zone manifestations in the national security canvas,” it said in a release.

The Army said that the officer has a deep understanding of modern and emerging technologies in the security domain and possesses a thoughtful approach to harnessing and integrating cutting-edge technologies into military systems to enhance operational effectiveness.

“This vision finds congruence to the ongoing pursuit of the Indian Army to fulfil its modernisation and capability development needs through self-reliance,” it said.

“A firm believer and follower of the Chetwode Motto, the general will also focus on promoting a culture of trust, empowerment of junior officers, wellbeing of the soldiers and welfare of veterans and veer naris,” it said.

In his long and distinguished career spanning nearly 40 years, he has served in a variety of command, staff, instructional and foreign appointments. The command appointments of Gen Dwivedi include command of regiment (18 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles), brigade (26 Sector Assam Rifles), inspector general, Assam Rifles (East), and the 9 Corps.

He has been decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and three GOC-in-C commendation cards.

As the northern Army commander, Gen Dwivedi provided strategic guidance and operational oversight for the planning and execution of sustained operations along the northern and western borders, besides orchestrating the dynamic counter-terrorism operations in Jammu & Kashmir, officials said.

During this period, the general officer was actively engaged in the ongoing negotiations with China to resolve the vexed border issue, they said.

He was also involved in the modernisation and equipping of the largest Army command of the Indian Army, where he steered the induction of indigenous equipment as part of self-reliant India. (PTI)