Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande Conferred Honorary Rank of General of Nepali Army

Published On: September 5, 2022 06:29 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: The Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army General Manoj Pande was conferred the title of Honorary General of the Nepali Army by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday. He was honoured at a special ceremony at the President’s official residence ‘Shital Niwas’ in Kathmandu. He was also presented a sword and scroll during the function.

The practice follows a seven decade old tradition of decorating army chiefs of each other’s country with the honorary title. Commander-in-Chief General KM Cariappa was the first Indian Army chief to be decorated with the title in 1950. In November last year, Chief of Nepali Army, General Prabhu Ram Sharma was also made the Honorary General of the Indian Army by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in New Delhi.

Following the ceremony, General Manoj Pande called on the President Bhandari. During the call on President, General Pande conveyed his gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him.

Earlier in the day, in a solemn ceremony, General Manoj Pande laid a wreath and paid homage at Bir Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) at Army Pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu.  Thereafter, he visited the Nepali Army headquarters where he was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour. This was followed by meeting with his counterpart General Prabhu Ram Sharma, during which both delegations discussed strengthening long standing army-army relations. He was also given a comprehensive briefing by senior officers of the Nepali Army.

On behalf of the Government of India, Gen ManojPande presented training equipment to Nepali Army along with Light Vehicles which would augment capabilities of Nepali Army personnel.

Chief of Army Staff Indian Army General ManojPande arrived in Kathmandu on 04 September 2022 for a five-day official visit to Nepal, on the invitation of Chief of Army Staff of Nepal Army Prabhu Ram Sharma.

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