MANGALDAI, March 15 - In a very encouraging news for the people of Assam, a senior Assamese army officer Major General Rana Pratap Kalita, who is presently serving as the Additional Director General (ceremonial and welfare) in the Army Headquarters, New Delhi, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Indian Army, stated an information received here today.
He is the second Army official from Assam who has been promoted to this rank after the first Assamese Lieutenant General Pranab Bharali.
Lieutenant General Kalita, an alumnus of Sainik School, Goalpara (SSG) and National Defence Academy (NDA), was earlier awarded �Sena Medal� and �Vishisht Seva Medal�.
He was also conferred with the prestigious �Ati Vishisht Seva Medal� for his outstanding performance and service to the nation during his tenure as the General Officer Commanding of XIX Infantry Division at Baramulla in the aftermath of the fidayeen attack in Uri in the Kashmir valley.
He was the son of a renowned teacher Jogendra Kalita of Rangiya.