Lt Gen Alok Singh Kler took an exceptional challenge as he cycled 280 km from Delhi to Jaipur supporting the ‘Fit India’ campaign inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He made the journey to take charge of the South Western Command.
He was accompanied by his two sons, Aiman and Arman and officers in 14 hours on Sunday to take charge of the Sapta Shakti Command as 10th General Officer Commanding-in-Chief. According to him, the army and fitness were synonymous to each other. “It’s the basic responsibility of every soldier to keep himself fit,” he said.
“It was the sheer coincidence that the Fit India campaign and my cycling to take charge came together,” he added. Earlier, Lt Gen Kler also cycled to Jhansi and Ambala Command to take charge.
He said that his move would send out a strong message to officers stay fit and added that “Although games and training are organized at regular intervals, staying fit is an individual’s responsibility.”
Lt Gen Kler is very fond of cycling, sports, and fitness and is also an enthusiastic environmentalist and wildlife lover. He was a former student of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. In the year 1982, he was commissioned into Armoured Crops. Lt Gen Klercompleted his graduation from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He took part in many important career courses at Army War College, Mhow.
He acquires noteworthy experience in different operational assignments all over the country and has served in counter-insurgency environ in J&K and North-eastern sector.