Date:16/04/2005 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2005/04/16/stories/2005041605680500.htm
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Army gets a new Command

Special Correspondent

Headquarters in Jaipur; includes Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan

JAIPUR: The South Western Command of the Indian Army was established at a solemn function at the Jaipur Military Station here on Friday. Lt-General K.Nagaraj, the Commander, inaugurated the raising of the new Command, seventh of the Army, at an impressive ceremony after the new formation flag was hoisted by the General Officer.

The Army Commander sought the blessings of the Almighty and also the senior and retired officers present, for successful fulfilment of tasks assigned to the new formation.

The ceremony was attended by the former Navy Chief, V.S.Shekhawat, and former ruler of Jaipur, Bhawani Singh, besides serving and retired officers and soldiers.

"The formation of the new Command is part of the restructuring and modernisation plan of the Indian Army," said Gen. Nagaraj talking to newspersons.

"The selection of the location of the South Western Command is not only of strategic significance but also of historical importance," Gen.Nagaraj said.

The land covered by the new Command held the history of defeating many onslaughts by foreign invaders since time immemorial, he recalled. The headquarters of the new Command would be fully functional in a couple of months.

"By next August 15 it will be fully established for its administrative needs as well as to take on its operational role," Gen.Nagaraj said.

Portions of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan would form the new Command after the restructuring. Parts of west Rajasthan will continue to be under Southern Command with its headquarters at Pune.

The areas presently under South Western Command used to be with Western Command with its headquarters in Chandigarh. The new Command's territory would stretch up to the international border in Bikaner and Sriganganagar in Rajasthan.

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