The Northern Command on Sunday bade adieu to GOC-in-C Lt Gen KT Parnaik on his retirement after an illustrious career of 41 years.
Lieutenant General Parnaik took over the reins of this operational command on January 1, 2011, in the wake of a period of protests in the Valley. He conceptualised and executed a realistic strategy in conjunction with the civil administration, state police, CRPF and other intelligence agencies, resulting in relative peace in the region for three consecutive summers.
He contributed significantly in the initiation of a number of developmental projects for the welfare of people under Operation Sadbhavana, especially to channelise the energy of youth for constructive and purposeful activities like vocational training and sports, truly reflecting his genuine love for the awam.
Owing to his sustained efforts, several projects to upgrade the facilities for troops deployed in extreme weather conditions and inhospitable terrain were initiated. 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 will continue to do the country proud." he told his command.
Officers of all ranks of the Northern Command bade adieu, they will remember him for his Sterling qualities as a Military Leader, Statesmanship, firm resolve to follow the righteous path and his unwavering commitment to the National cause.