Army ready for any challenges from enemies, especially China: Army Chief

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New Delhi, Apr.01 (ANI): New Chief of Army Staff General Vijay Kumar Singh on Thursday assured the country that it is safe from any threat, and said the Army is well prepared to tackle any challenges from its enemies, especially China.

General Singh (59), a third generation officer of the Rajput Regiment, took charge as the 24th Indian Chief of the Army Staff from General Deepak Kapoor on Wednesday.

"I like to assure the countrymen that our army is ready to face up to any challenge. We intend ensuring that our core values, rich traditions and professionalism gets a boost," the Army Chief told reporters after inspecting a Guard of Honour on the South Block lawns on Thursday.

Commenting on the preparation of the Army vis-'-vis their Chinese counterparts, General Singh said: "For any challenges that are against us, we are very well prepared and preparation is an ongoing process and, to that extent, we will ensure that our training methodology becomes more practical, keeping all challenges in mind."

The Army Chief also said he would focus his attention on improving the "internal health" of the force to weed out corruption.

General Singh as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Kolkata-based Eastern Command had ordered an inquiry into the Sukna land case and recommended strict action against four generals allegedly involved.

Commissioned into 2 Rajput in June 1970, General Singh is a veteran of many battles. He participated in the 1971 Bangladesh war and saw action in "Operation Pawan" in Sri Lanka, for which he was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal. By Praful Kumar Singh (ANI)

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