The outgoing Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, who has become India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), was on Tuesday accorded a farewell Guard of Honour.
Gen Rawat thanked all Army personnel and families for extending full support to him during his three-year tenure as the Army chief. Gen. Rawat took over as the Chief of the Army Staff on December 31, 2016 and did demit the post after three years. He will serve as the CDS, who will be a 4-star general and head the new Department of Military Affairs, till March 31, 2023.
He hoped that the Army will rise to greater heights under the leadership of new chief Lt Gen MM Naravane. When enquired whether the Army is now better prepared to tackle the security challenges, he said: 'Yes, we are better prepared.'
Earlier today, the Indian Army presented a Guard of Honour to their outgoing chief General Bipin Rawat. Prior to that, General Rawat had laid a wreath at the National War Memorial.
The Congress, meanwhile, raised a number of questions over the appointment. Senior party leader, Mr. Manish Tewari said the government has started on a wrong foot on the CDS appointment.
'With great regret and fullest of responsibility may I say that the Govt has started on a very wrong foot with regard to CDS. Time alone unfortunately will reveal the implications of this decision,' he tweeted.
'What implications does nomenclature Principal Military Advisor to Defense Minister have in relation to the three service chiefs in terms of Military advice tendered to the government? Will advise of the CDS override the advice of the respective Service Chiefs,' he asked.
'Would the three Chiefs report to the Defense Minister through the Defense Secretary or through CDS now,' he asked.