PERSON AND PLACES
The next Director-General of Military Operations is Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Katiyar, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, who will take charge on May 1st.
The Director-General of Military Operations is one of the several Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) under the Chief of the Army Staff. He looks after the operational planning of the Army.
He was a graduate of the USA’s National War College. Currently, he is serving as the General Officer Commanding of 1 Corps. It is a strike formation responsible for the offensive operations against both Pakistan and China.
In 1986, he was commissioned in the 23rd battalion of the Rajput Regiment and a few years later, he commanded the regiment along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Arunachal Pradesh. He served as an instructor in the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan.
Previously, he has also worked as Director of General Staff Duties at Army Headquarters. He commanded an infantry brigade along the Western borders.
For his relentless service, he has also been rewarded with ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’.