Maj Gen KP Singh takes charge as IGAR (S)

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL,1st Sep: In an impressive ceremony held at Mantripukri Garrison on August 31, Major General K P Singh took over the reign of Assam Rifles in the state as Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) from Major General Virendra Singh. Maj Gen Virendra handed over the baton and command of IGAR (South) to Maj Gen K P Singh on Saturday, a release issued by PRO of IGAR (South) informed.

Maj Gen KP Singh was posted at IGAR (East), Silchar prior to taking over the present appointment. The General officer has the rare distinction of commanding the famous Siachin Brigade, the highest battlefield in the world. A highly qualified and professionally competent officer with vast counter insurgency experience, the General Officer has been handpicked for this highly challenging and prestigious assignment.

Maj Gen KP Singh appealed to the people of Manipur to continue to extend their love and support to the security forces. He also urged the state government officials, Judiciary and members of media for cooperation, empathy and constructive criticism. He vowed to do everything possible in his capacity to create a conducive environment for the growth of the people of the state.

While Maj Gen Virendra Singh will be dearly missed for his calming influence, HQ IGAR (South) is fortunate to get Maj Gen K P Singh as its new head. The Officer's pleasant and unassuming demeanour combined with a razor sharp intellect and clarity of vision will ensure that the Assam Rifles under his command contributes in a substantial way towards Manipur's steady march to peace and prosperity, the PRO release said.

Maj Gen Virendra Singh's nearly two years tenure saw major changes in the trajectory of Manipur's destiny. Beginning with the 139 days economic blockade in late 2016, the state since then has slowly but inexorably moved towards a more peaceful existence. The Generalofficer contributed towards the same by effectively tackling insurgency and successfully working towards the identity of IGAR (South) as true ‘Friends of Manipur.’

He was also instrumental in executing a large number of substantial Civic Action Projects across the state which in turn had a positive impact towards overall development of the society, especially the remote areas. With his operational vision, he executed advance deployment of troops and synergised operations resulting in enhanced security within the state and along Indo-Myanmar border.

The Major General also ensured synergy with political and civil hierarchy, orchestrated perception management, conceptualised comprehensive development of the state by addressing core issues through people friendly initiatives while simultaneously fine tuning administrative setup of men under his command to further improve their quality of life. The General officer was bid farewell by the entire Mantripukri garrison in an emotionally charged atmosphere where each one present wished him continued success in future endeavours as well, the release added.


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