Gen Bipin Rawat has been appointed as India’s First Chief of Defense Staff after serving as Chief of Army Staff for three years. Lt Gen MM Naravane has assumed the office of the chief of Army Staff. CDS is a permanent post and will also be the chairman joint chiefs of the staff committee.
After the kargil war the kargil review committee recommended that post of Chief of Defence Staff should be established for better coordination between the tri services. After the Indo-Pak War of 1971 then Prime Minister of India Indra Gandhi wanted to make the Army chief Gen Sam Manakshaw as CDS but she couldn’t. General Sam Manakshaw was given an extension of 6 months and was promoted as Field Marshal.
Up till now permanent post of the chairman Chiefs of staff committee has not been made because the smaller arms, Air Force and the Navy believe that they will be engulfed by the much Larger Arm the army. But after the Independence Day speech of the Prime Minister Narendra modhi he announced that India will now have a chief of Defence Staff soon. Prime Minister said that this new post will further increase the effectiveness of the force.
General Bipin Rawat who became the 27th chief of Army staff in Dec 2016 after superseding 2 senior generals completed his tenure as chief of Army staff and was due to retire on 31st of December.
Chief of defense staff will be a four star officer from the tri services he will be equal to the services chief but will be senior in order of protocol. CDS will mainly be involved in the procurement of the Military equipment for the tri-services. CDS will also become the single point for the government to get the Military advice. CDS will also be tasked to improve the tri-services coordination and joint operations capability.
Cabinet committee for security under the leadership of national security Adviser Ajit Doval have made the recommendations which have been approved. The age limit for the office of CDS is 65, Gen Bipin Rawat has not turned 62 yet so he might be able to serve for more than 3 years in his new office unless tenure for the CDS is defined.