The Indian Government has approved in principle the creation of the new post of Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), according to the country’s Minister of State for Defence.
An Implementation Committee was also approved and constituted to further determine and finalize the exact responsibilities, an enabling framework for this new post and all other issues involved to ensure smooth operationalization, said MoS for Defence Shripad Naik in a written reply in Rajya Sabha (Council of States), the upper house of the India’s bicameral Parliament.
Military reform is a continuous process and requisite steps are taken by the Government from time to time, as deemed necessary, Minister added.
Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is a proposed position for the combined head of the Indian Armed Forces which include the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy.
A number of Committees viz. the Kargil Review Committee, Group of Ministers (GoM) Report, Task Force on National Security and Shekatkar Committee have studied and recommended the creation of the post of CDS/Permanent Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee.
The official call was made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2019 at Red Fort, New Delhi.[