Dehradun: Army chief General V K Singh said on Saturday that the Indian Army is ready to face any challenge.

Speaking at the passing out parade (POP) ceremony at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Singh said, “The passion of to be officers clarifies this fact.”

Interacting with the reporters on the sidelines of the event, General Singh said that the Army is mulling ways to ensure that the force is represented by people from all the states.

“Army tries to represent each state. Many a times it doesn’t happen,” he said.
In this year’s POP, President Pratibha Patil graced the ceremony as the ‘Reviewing Officer’.

However, Singh refused to comment on the controversy around his birth date stating it’s a personal matter.

Singh is set to retire in 2012. That's because the government's top law officer, attorney general GE Vahanvati has advised the defence ministry against accepting any change in his date of birth.

 Vahanvati's legal opinion, endorsed by law minister M Veerappa Moily, is set to put an end to the controversy created by two conflicting dates of birth in Singh's dossiers - May 10, 1950 and May 10, 1951.