Bhubaneswar: Millions of Odias in the State and across the globe have a reason to rejoice as a son of the soil is tipped to become the Vice Chief of the Indian Army. As per media reports, Jagatsinghpur-born Chandi Prasad Mohanty is likely to be appointed the 42nd Vice Chief of the Indian Army.
Chandi Prasad will be the first Odia officer to be appointed as the Vice Chief, the second highest appointment in Indian Army after Chief of Army Staff. He will replace Lt Gen SK Saini, who is retiring on 31st January, 2021.
Currently Chandi Prasad is working as the General Officer Commanding in-chief of the Southern Command.
Chandi Prasad is the eldest son of JK Mohanty and Late Dr. Sarada Kumari Mohanty of Jayabada in Jagatsinghpur town. His mother Late Dr. Sarada Kumari was the first lady PhD in Odia Literature and his father JK Mohanty retired as the District Sub Registrar of Puri.
One of his brother KP Mohanty is working as the General Manager in Indian oil Corporation in Panipat whereas the other Mr. DP Mohanty is an advocate.
Chandi Prasad studied up to Class VI at Bagashai UP School and then went to the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun. He completed his military training in the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He is a 1982 batch Infantry Officer of Rajput Regiment.