Jalandhar, June 30, 2013: Northern Command today bid a fond adieu to their GOC-in-C, Lt Gen KT Parnaik, on his retirement after an illustrious career of 41 years.
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 and practical strategy in conjunction with the Civil, State Police, CAPF’s and other Intelligence agencies resulting in relative peace in the region for three consecutive summers.
The General Officer contributed significantly in the initiation of a number of developmental projects for the welfare of the people under Operation Sadbhavana specially 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 shall continue to do the Country proud.” he told his Command.
The General Officer is a Soldier General and a great Motivator. As all ranks of Northern Command say “Good Bye”, 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.