General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command Lt Gen SK Saini on Friday relinquished the command of Southern Army. He has been appointed the Vice-Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army.
In a solemn ceremony on his departure, the Army Commander paid homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial at Ghorpadi. “The Army Commander has given the required impetus to operational and logistics issues greatly enhancing the operational efficiency of the Southern Command whose area of responsibility includes 11 States and four Union Territories,” stated a press release issued by the command.
“Some of the major achievements during his tenure include the Indian Army winning the International Army Scout Masters Competition defeating formidable teams from Russia, Ukraine and China, orchestration of a large exercise with troops in the Deserts i.e. exercise Sindhu Sudarshan in November 2019,” it added.
Besides, the commander has played a crucial role in undertaking massive flood relief and rescue operations in 34 districts spread over five states, including Maharashtra. Over 45,000 people of these states were moved to safe locations during the operations.
“Multiple joint training exercises with friendly foreign countries, including the Africa-India joint field training exercise (AFINDEX) having 18 participating countries and joint tri-services exercise INDRA between India and Russia were conducted under his leadership,” the release stated.
The commander has also managed to resolve many pending land issues and enhanced synergy between the defence forces and defence civil organizations.
“Administrative issues like education, discipline, and medical were given due emphasis, wherein development initiatives involving schools, professional colleges and hospitals got initiated and executed at various locations including that at Pune,” the Army authorities said.