Guwahati: In what will come as a matter of great pride for Assam and the Northeast, Rana Pratap Kalita, a major general in the Indian Army and a native of the state, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.
Lieutenant general is the second highest rank in the Indian Army.
As per reports, Kalita is among the ten officials of the Army whose names have been cleared for promotion. The list includes names such as Majour General CP Cariappa of Rajasthan Rrifles, Major General Shantanu Dayal of Garhwal Rifles, Anil Puri of Corps of Engineers, Upendra Dwivedi of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and PNA Narayanan of 8th Gorkha Rifles.
Serving in the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army since 1984, Kalita hails from Rangiya in Assam and is an alumnus of the Sainik School Goalpara, Assam. He then went on to study in the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
Among the several honours in his kitty, Kalita has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal on two occasions, the Sena Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his meritorious services so far.
He commanded 13 RR Battalion in Kashmir, 71 Infantry Brigade in Lucknow and 19 Infantry Division in Baramula LOC.
He had held various staff and instructional assignments in Army headquarters, College of Combat, Mhow. Prior to taking over Baramula Division, he was Brigadier General staff operation in 15 Corps Srinagar. He also served a tenure as a member of UN Peacekeeping force. At present, serving in the Army HQ as the additional director General (Ceremonial and Welfare) he was entrusted to coordinate the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.