1.   It is a matter of profound grief that Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, the first Chief of Defence Staff and Permanent Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) has passed away in a tragic helicopter crash. His untimely demise is a great loss not only for the Armed Forces but for the entire country. A second generation General Officer, Gen Rawat epitomised the steller character of a military leader who led from the front and kept the national interests supreme always and every time.

2.   A strong proponent of Tri-Services integration he infused renewed impetus to organisational restructuring and laid down a clear roadmap for creation of Integrated Theatre Commands. He worked relentlessly to foster jointness in every field and promoted modernisation of Indian Armed Forces through self-reliance (Atmanirbharta). A visionary, Gen Bipin Rawat ushered transformative reforms in operational as well as administrative domains and left behind a legacy of untiring endeavours in support of national cause.

3.  All Service personnel and civillian staff of HQ IDS express deepest condolences on the unfortunate demise of Gen Bipin Rawat, Smt Madhulika Rawat, President DWWA and 11 other Armed Forces personnel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and we assure them of our unwavering and continuous support.

4.  Gen Bipin Rawat will continue to remain a source of inspiration and a beacon of excellence for all ranks of the Armed Forces. We salute his astute leadership, inclusive approach and concerted efforts which have prepared us extremely well to take on every challenge. We must continue to work tirelessly and strive harder to achieve greater synergy and enhanced operational efficiency.