Army chief calls on MoS for defence

New Delhi: Days before demitting office, General V K Singh today met the Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju for over 20 minutes in his office at the South Block here. Gen Singh arrived at the office of Minister of State for Defence at around 1230 hours and the meeting lasted for a little over 20 minutes, Sources said, adding that yesterday the Army Chief had sought an appointment with Raju.

Singh is retiring on May 31 and has been touring various Army Commands as part of his farewell visits. He has also addressed a number of Sainik Sammelans in the recent past and has reiterated government`s commitment to address their pending issues. Tomorrow, Gen Singh will attend his farewell dinner hosted by the Defence Minister A K Antony at the Army Battle Honours Mess at Delhi Can`t, followed by a banquet by the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces President Pratibha Patil on May 24.

Gen Singh`s last major function would be the National Defence Academy (NDA) passing out parade on May 30 in Khadakvasla near Pune. Meanwhile, his successor Lt Gen Bikram Singh is supposed to arrive here in the Capital on May 29. The Army Chief-designate is already being briefed on the issues faced by the force by separate directorates. On May 31, he will take over the command from Gen V K Singh.