The government has asked the defense forces to present their views on the creation of the new post of Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) for the three defense forces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday the creation of the new publication in his Independence Day speech.
The government has formed a high-level committee to rationalize the structure of the new post that will be created with the bureaucrats of the defense ministry and the triple service officers.
Army general chief Bipin Rawat is the favorite to become the first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of India, as he will be the senior officer in the armed forces after October 1 when the Chief of the IAF withdraws.
“The three services were asked to give their opinion on the subject of the Chief of Defense Staff and are expected to give their answers in the next two weeks,” government sources said.
All work on the creation of the new office of the Chief of Staff of Defense, which would be the highest ranking officer of the five-star defense forces, has been directed by the National Security Council in consultation and coordination with the bureaucracy of the Ministry of Defense.
The measure will pave the way for an integrated army, with the CDS as the key person of the prime minister in matters of national defense.
“Our forces are the pride of India. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce an important decision. India will have a Chief of Defense Staff. This will make the forces even more effective,” Modi said. Your Independence Day Thursday speech.
The government has already taken steps such as the creation of triple service agencies such as the Special Operations Division, Cyber and Space agencies to strengthen and work for the CDS.
Army chief Bipin Rawat is said to be the favorite for the job, as he is the senior officer in the military after the retirement of air chief Birender Singh Dhanoa on October 1.
The three services, the Air Force, Navy and Army were asked to give their opinion on the creation of the post of Chief of Defense Staff and are expected to respond in the next two weeks, ANI said citing unidentified sources .
Consultations on the creation of the position of CDS, an officer of the highest-ranking defense forces with a 5-star rank, were conducted by officials of the National Security Council and the Ministry of Defense.
“Thank you, PM Modi, for announcing the historic step of the CDS institution. This step will make our national security more effective and economical. It will ensure better multidisciplinary collaboration and coordination. Greetings!” said Gen V P Malik, former Chief of the Army General Staff.
“The announcement of the CDS institution by Prime Minister Modi was made taking into account the much needed reform to rationalize and further improve the coordination between the three forces and their operation. CDS will have a lasting and positive impact on the security of India, “Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in a Twitter post.
The problems of the single-point military advisor and the creation of theatrical commands have also been on the government’s agenda in the previous period. Mr. Modi emphasized this during a discussion with the Combined Commanders Conference in Dehradun in 2017.