General Bipin Rawat appointed as country's first CDS
New Delhi/IBNS: Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday was appointed as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
The move to constitute the post was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day.
General Rawat is a graduate of Defence Service Staff College, Wellington in Tamil Nadu and has spent 10 years in anti-insurgency operations.
He will hold the office for the next three years.
The CDS will report to the government directly and will be responsible for coordianted action between Army, Navy and Air Force. He will also act as the nodal adviser to the government.
He will have Secretary level and full-financial powers.
The demand for CDS is a longstanding one. According to military experts, it is a need of the hour and is important for any modern army.
Recently, Gen. Rawat had courted a controversy by making a political statement criticising the leaders protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.