PM Modi Announces Early Appointment of India’s First Chief of Defence Staff(CDS)

PM Modi Announces Early Appointment of India's First Chief of Defence Staff(CDS)

Introduction

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech announced that Indian Defence Forces will soon have its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The issue has been under consideration for nearly two decades now.

A high-level committee was set up in the wake of the Kargil conflict in 1999 to identify gaps in India’s security system. The need for a CDS to ensure better coordination amongst the three services was one of its major findings. A group of ministers tasked to analyse reforms in the national security apparatus in 2012 had also suggested the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff as a ‘single point contact’ with the Defence Minister.

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