Gen. Suhag, who Thursday took over as the new chief of the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army, also said his focus will be on his soldiers and "to enhance the preparedness and the effectiveness of the Indian Army".
"I will ensure that our soldiers are motivated, they are comfortable, competently trained and are provided with latest weapons and equipment," he said. Gen. Suhag also expressed gratitude to the government "for reposing faith" in him.
The decision to appoint Gen. Suhag was taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government during the April-May general elections, and days before it demitted office.M The Bharatiya Janata Party, at that time, objected to the decision. However, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley after assuming charge said there "shall be no controversy" over Gen. Suhag's appointment.MHis tenure as the 26th chief of thed army will be for 30 months.