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Indian armed forces bid farewell to President Mukherjee
Pranab Mukherjee, who had assumed office as the 13th President of India on July 25, 2012 will be relinquishing office on July 24, 2017.

The Chiefs of Staff Committee hosted a farewell banquet on 21 Jul 2017 in honour of the Hon'ble President and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, stated an official release.

In a simple but elegant function held at Manekshaw Centre, Vice President Ansari, Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Jaitetly, state defence minister, Services Chiefs and other Senior Military and Civilian officials of the Services and the Ministry of Defence were present. The Hon'ble President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces interacted with the senior military officers.

According to the release, the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee & Chief of Naval Staff, thanked the Hon'ble President for his sagacity & stated that he had been a source of great inspiration to all personnel of the Armed Forces. The Hon'ble President, in his farewell address, extended his best wishes to all members of the Armed Forces and their families. He also paid rich tributes to the martyrs and their families for their sacrifices to the nation.

Eighty-one years old, Pranab Mukherjee is a man of unparalleled experience in governance with the rare distinction of having served at different times as Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister. He was elected to the Upper House of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha) five times from 1969 and twice to the Lower House of the Parliament (Lok Sabha) from 2004. He was a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy making body of the party for a period of 23 years, reports a brief on him.

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