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Central Command (India)

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Country  India
Type  Command
Current commander  Lt Gen B. S. Negi
Branch  Indian Army
Garrison/HQ  Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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Active  1942-1946 1 May 1963 - Present

The Central Command of the Indian Army is one of the seven operational commands of the army. It is based at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Lt Gen. B S Negi is the present commander.



Central Command was first established in 1942 during World War II and then disbanded in 1946. Southern Command was responsible for most of the training activities for Indian Army until Central Command was formed in April 1942 which took over the responsibility of some of the training areas.

Post 1962 Indo-China war

With its HQ at Lucknow the Command was re-established on 1 May 1963 due to the Sino-Indian War of 1962. Lt Gen K Bahadur Singh was the first Army Commander of the new Central Command. Prior to that date Lucknow had been the headquarters of the Eastern Command.

Area and formations

Central Commands spans across seven state of India:

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Uttarakhand
  3. Madhya Pradesh
  4. Chhattisgarh
  5. Bihar
  6. Jharkhand
  7. Odisha

There are two Static Area Foramations under Central Command:

  1. Uttar Bharat Area headquartered at Bareilly
  2. Madhya Bharat Area headquartered at Jabalpur

18 Regimental Centres and Large number of logistic and training establishments come under Central Command. The responsibility for the central sector of the Western border with Pakistan also lies with Central Command. Almost half of the 62 cantonments in India lie within the Central Command's theatre.

Rescue operations during 2013 North India floods

During 2013 North India floods in its rescue operations in Uttarakhand, the Central Command mobilised over 8,000 troops for rescue and relief operations for stranded people on all four different axis of Rishikesh-Uttarkashi-Harsil-Gangotri axis, Rudraprayag-Kedarnath axis, Joshimath-Badrinath axis and Dharchula-Tawaghat axis in Pithoragarh district. Under operation Ganga, the Army evacuated 1,150 persons from Harsil area; 6,000 from Joshimath and 700 from Tawaghat area. Army operations in the 40,000 square kilometres were led by Lieutenant General Anil Chait, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command.

Commanders prior to Independence

Commanders included:

  • 1942-1944 Lieutenant-General Henry Willcox
  • 1944-1946 General Sir Geoffrey Scoones
  • References

    Central Command (India) Wikipedia

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