BHUBANESWAR, JANUARY 18, 2021
Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty will be appointed as the 42nd Vice Chief of the Indian Army. He will succeed Lt Gen SK Saini, who will be retiring on January 31, 2021.
Jagatsinghpur-born Mohanty, who is presently serving as the General Officer Commanding in-chief of the Southern Command, will be the first Odia officer to be appointed as the Vice Chief, the second highest appointment in Indian Army after Chief of Army Staff.
A 1982 batch Infantry Officer of Rajput Regiment, Mohanty is a highly decorated, experienced and accomplished General Officer of Indian Army. He studied in Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun and did his military training in National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. General Mohanty is. He currently holds the prestigious honour of being “Colonel of The Rajput Regiment”.
He has, in his illustrious career spanning over 38 years, served across a wide spectrum of frontline operational areas along Pakistan and China borders and in counter-insurgency operations. He has the unique distinction of commanding two Brigades, at first on the Line of Actual Control opposite China and later on he was nominated to head the multinational UN Brigade in Congo where he successfully led a number of Heli Borne Operations against armed insurgent groups. He also commanded a Corps in Sikkim immediately after Doklam incident through very challenging operational environment.
He has done extensive research on China, South Asia & North East and is an expert in these fields.