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73rd Independence Day: PM Modi Announces Creation Of Chief Of Defence Staff

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 15, Aug 2019, 13:44 pm IST | UPDATED: 15, Aug 2019, 13:44 pm IST

 73rd Independence Day: PM Modi Announces Creation Of Chief Of Defence Staff Delhi: PM Narendra Modi announced creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the three armed forces. His major announcement came during the address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.

The post of a National Security Adviser (NSA) was created in 1998 and he acts like the de facto chief of defence staff.

"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," he said.

The prime minister said that as head of the three services, the CDS will ensure synergy and provide effective leadership to the armed forces.

A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country's security system in the wake of the Kargil War in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister.

A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff.

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 norm.

Former Army Chief Gen. (retd) V P Malik said the decision will make India's national security "more effective" as it will ensure multi-disciplinary coordination. "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 multi-disciplinary coordination. Salute!," he tweeted.

Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen (retd) Subrata Saha too welcomed the prime minister's announcement to appoint a CDS.  Under the present structure, the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee coordinates tri-services issues. The CoSC comprises the Army, Navy and IAF chiefs and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is currently serving as chairman of CoSC.

(With additional information from PTI)
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