Port Blair, Dec. 3: Lt Gen Podali Shankar Rajeshwar, AVSM, VSM, ADC took over as the 14th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) on 01st of December 2019. A ceremonial parade was organized at INS Utkrosh today to welcome Lt Gen Rajeshwar.

The Lt General is a graduate of the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in Dec 1980. A gunner and an aviator, he is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Army War College & National Defence College at New Delhi and Philippines.

He has actively taken part in Operation MEGHDOOT and Operation RAKSHAK. Further, he has commanded a Medium Regt in Operation PARAKRAM, an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, Counter Insurgency (Romeo) Force in J&K and a Corps in the Desert sector. He has served on various staff assignments and also been a UN Military Observer in Mozambique and Rwanda. 

He was the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) before assuming the present appointment.