C-n-C of Andaman & Nicobar Command, Remains Tri Service Appointment
Lt Gen Podali Shankar Rajeshwar took over as the 14th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) on December 01, 2019. He is a graduate of Indian Military Academy and was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in December 1980. A gunner and aviator, he is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Army War College and National Defence College in New Delhi and Philippines.
Lt Gen Rajeshwar has actively taken part in Operation Meghdoot and Operation Rakshak. Further, he has commanded a Medium Regiment in Operation Parakram, an infantry brigade on the Line of Control, Counter Insurgency (Romeo) Force in Jammu & Kashmir and a Corps in the Desert sector. He has served on various staff assignments and also been UN Military Observer in Mozambique and Rwanda.
Before assuming the present appointment, he was Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
While the command has been tri-service the Indian Navy has held the post of CINCAN in most cases while now the same is being provided by an Army officer thereby focusing on jointness. The Navy has also been emphasising on the post of CINCAN being teneted by a naval officer due to the heavy maritime component of functions.
The Headquarters of Coast Guard Region (Andaman & Nicobar) is also located at Port Blair. The entire coastline from Landfall island in north to Indira point in south including 572 islands comes under the operational and administrative control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman & Nicobar).