In Major Military Reform, PM Modi Announces that India Will Have a Chief of Defence Staff
The prime minister said the CDS will ensure synergy among the three services and provide effective leadership to them.
PM Narendra Modi delivers Independence Day speech from Red Fort.
New Delhi: In a major announcement while addressing the nation on its 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to head the tri-services, a move that has been held up since it was first proposed after the 1999 Kargil conflict.
Analysts say several countries now have a single officer to head the military and ensure efficient communication with the political executive for swift decision-making.
"Our forces are India's pride," the Prime Minister said, in his over-90-minute speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Thursday. "To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort. India will have a Chief of Defence Staff - CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective."
Following a report from the Kargil Review Committee, a group of ministers (GoM) headed by the-then deputy prime minister LK Advani examined the gaps in the country's defence system. The GoM had then called for the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff as a single-point military adviser to the defence minister.
In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task Force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norms.
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