Army Chief General V.K. Singh has still not consented to attending the official farewell tea party hosted by the Ministry of Defence in order to avoid his brief profile being read out, including the controversial date of birth in front of Defence Minister A.K. Antony and other top officials.
The organisers have contacted the Army Chief’s office several times for his consent and are worried that delay is being done to avoid the official function that will start with mention of personal details, including the date of birth of General Singh on which he has been at loggerheads with the Ministry of Defence.
The Joint Secretary (Establishment) as per the norms will read out General Singh’s profile, provided by his office. It is followed by speeches from the Defence Minister, the Defence Secretary and other top officials of the ministry. The event used to end with the handing over of a plaque.
The Army Chief claims that he was born on May 10, 1951, whereas the Ministry of Defence considers his year of birth to be 1950.
The organisers are worried that the official farewell tea party to be held on General Singh’s retirement date could be used by the Army Chief to reassert his position on the date of birth issue.
Instead, General Singh, who retires on May 31, will be attending a farewell dinner hosted by the Defence Minister at the Army Battle Honours Mess at Delhi Cantt on May 23.
The next day, the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces President Pratibha Patil will host him.
Meanwhile, Army Chief-designate Lt General Bikram Singh will arrive in Delhi on May 29 and take charge on May 31.
-via News Track India.