General Bipin Rawat named India’s first Chief of Defence Staff

Outgoing Army chief General Bipin Rawat has been named as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

General Rawat was named CDS, a day before he was to retire as the Chief of Army Staff.

A Chief of Defence Staff will serve as the Principal Military Adviser to the Defence Minister on all matters concerning the tri-services.

The CDS would create synergy in operations and finances for all three-armed forces. General Rawat is the first officer to hold the post of the CDS.

The recommendation to appoint a Chief of Defence Staff was first made by a high-level committee that examined the military’s performance during the 1999 Kargil conflict.