Bhubaneswar: Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty will be the next vice chief of Army Staff very soon. He will be the 42nd vice chief of the Indian Army.
The Odia Army officer is a native of Jayabada village in Jagatsingpur and he will be the first Odia officer to be selected for the post.
Lt Gen Mohanty is presently serving General Officer Commanding in-chief of Southern Command. He is due to take S K Saini who will retire on January 31.
The Odia officer has operational experience along the borders with Pakistan and China.