PM Narendra Modi Independence Day talk: The three armed units of India will now have a post of Chief of Defence Staff that will unite the operations of the three forces-the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“Our forces are India’s treasure. To further focus coordination between the forces, I want to state a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS),” PM Narendra Modi said in his I-Day speech.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the armed forces are the pride of India. He said in the developing time, there is a need for the forces to sharpen coordination.
Speaking about the judgment, PM Modi said this is important to be in sync with the changing nature of war and security in the world.
“Experts of this field for long have been asking this. We have today decided that India will now have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Once this post is built, it will provide effective control at the topmost level of the three forces,” PM Modi said. @PIB_India
The prime minister stated this will provide major help to the reforms of our defence and strategic endeavours.
About The Cheif Defence Staff.
The Chief of Defence Staff is a single-point advisor to the government on all topics related to the military. The officer designated as the Chief of Defence Staff heads all the three arms of the military, the army, navy and air force.
The three forces will proceed to have their own chiefs. However, the four-star officers heading these three services will be reported to the Chief of Defence Staff, who would be a five-star officer.
The recommendation that India has a Chief of Defence Staff was beginning made after the 1999 Kargil War by a high-level committee that was appointed to review the security system in the outcome of the conflict. However, no effort was taken on the recommendation. Alternately, the military had the Chiefs of Staff Committee that comprised of all the three service chiefs.
The senior-most of the three chiefs operates as the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. However, the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee is completely the first among equals and does not wield real power like a Chief of Defence Staff would.