Jammu: Director General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Lieutenant General Aniruddha Chakravarty was today handed over the Baton of the Rajput Regiment Colonel.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lieutenant Gen Sanjiv Chachra today handed over the Baton to Lt Gen Chakravarty at an impressive ceremony held at the Rajput Regimental Centre in Fatehgarh, a defence spokesman said here.

Lt Gen Chakravarty, a professional soldier with sterling leadership qualities, was commissioned into Third Battalion, the Rajput Regiment on December 15, 1976 and will take over as the 15th Colonel of the Rajput Regiment on June 1.

During his 38 years of glorious and distinguished service, Lt Gen Chakravarty has held a variety of prestigious and balanced portfolio of Command, Staff and Instructional assignments.

A graduate of Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, he has attended the higher command course and the prestigious National Defence College. The General Officer is presently the Director General of the National Cadet Corps.

Lt Gen Chachra, who took over as the 14th Colonel of the Rajput Regiment on June 1, 2012, will hang his boots on May 31 after a distinguished 40 years in service.

A second generation Rajput Regiment officer, Lt Gen Chachra’s sustained efforts led to a significant improvement in the infrastructure, quality of life and the standard of training at the regimental centre and initiation of a number of initiatives for the welfare of Veterans (ex-servicemen) and Veer Naris of the regiment.    Lt Gen Chachra was given a Guard of Honour on arrival. Later he laid a wreath at the Rajput Memorial.

A Special Sainik Sammelan was also organised where the Colonel of the Regiment-designate took over the Baton from the present Colonel of the Regiment as per Army traditions.

Gen Chachra also interacted with all Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of the Centre.

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