New Delhi, Sept. 1: The army has two new deputy chiefs in Lt Gen. Ashok Chaki and Lt Gen. J.B.S. Yadav after a scheduled shuffle carried out today.
The army headquarters is also likely to split the 16 Corps — said to be the largest army corps in the world — which is headquartered in Jammu and tasked with both counter-insurgency and border duties.
In two other crucial appointments, Lt Gen. T.P.S. Brar is to take over as the general officer commanding (GOC) of the 16 Corps and Lt Gen. P.P.S. Bhandari will command the 21 Corps. A new GOC will be named for the corps created after the 16 Corps is split. Lt Gen. Raj Kadyan retired as DCOAS yesterday.
Lt Gen. Chaki, the new deputy chief of army staff (planning and systems), was commanding a corps in the eastern theatre. Lt Gen. Yadav was GOC 16 Corps before his appointment as the DCOAS (training and coordination).
The office of deputy chief is fourth in seniority after the chief, vice-chief and commanders.
Lt Gen. Chaki is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. He was commissioned into 3rd battalion of the Fourth Gorkha Rifles (Chindits) on in 1964. The general officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and the National Defence College, Delhi. Lt Gen. J.B.S. Yadav was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles in 1964. He participated in both 1965 and 1971 wars and was awarded Vir Chakra.
Lieutenant General P.P.S. Bhandari who took over as GOC of 21 Corps was commissioned into the Hodson’s Horse in 1966. He is reputed expert in mechanised warfare.