New Delhi, Aug 15: In what it would be called a biggest military reform post-independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India will have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to head the tri-services including army, navy and air force.
The move was first proposed by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999 after the Kargil War with Pakistan.
The Chief of Defence Staff would be a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister.
“Our forces are India's pride. 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,” Mr Modi said in his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here.
Following a report from the Kargil Review Committee, a group of ministers (GoM) headed by the-then deputy prime minister LK Advani examined the lapses 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.
While in 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task Force had recommended to create the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC).
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.
Welcoming the prime minister’s announcement, former Army Chief Gen VP Malik (Retd) who was the army chief during the Kargil War said, “Thank you PM Modi for announcing historic step of institution of CDS. This step will make our national security more effective and more economical. It will ensure better jointmanship and multidisciplinary coordination. Salute.” (UNI)