Lt Gen Chandi Prasad Mohanty Appeals Odia Youths To Join Army
Bhubaneswar: A day after his appointment as the vice chief of Indian Army, Lt General Chandi Prasad Mohanty, the first Odia officer to adorn the top post, on Tuesday said that he would make efforts to entice more Odia youths to the Indian Army.
“It is a coincidence that I arrived at my home land a day after I was appointed as the vice chief of the Army staff. I will try my best to do something for Odisha as the second in command of the Indian Army. I will also take every possible measure to induct more Odia youths into the Indian army,” Mohanty told newsmen soon after landing at Bhubaneswar Airport on a special chopper.
Speaking over his personal focus for Kalinga Regiment, he said it is now immature to say on the matter. “Since the independence, only one Regiment (Naga Regiment) having only two battalions has been created. Let’s see what I can do for Odisha”, he added.
Mohanty also stressed on the young Odia women joining army. He urged the young Odia women to join Army, Air Force and Navy. “I want the Odia women to join the army as they have enough opportunities in core and military police departments,” he said.
Mohanty, a resident of Jagatsinghpur is the first Odia who has been appointed as 42nd Vice Chief of Army Staff. He is presently serving as General Officer Commanding in chief of Southern Command.
Mohanty had studied till Class VI at Bagashai UP School in Jagatsinghpur district before his enrolment at Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun and joined the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Rajput Regiment in June 1982.
An expert in counter insurgency operations, Mohany had served along Indo-China border. He had led a multi-national UN brigade in Congo.
He was given the responsibility of the XXXIII Corps in the Eastern Command after the Doklam incident. Later, he was appointed the General Officer Commanding, Uttar Bharat Area at Bareilly.