October 23, 2019 | 1:11 AM IST
Independence Day Special

Modi announces one chief for three Indian Defence forces on I-Day

In order to have a single point military advice, India will now have a chief of defence staff (CDS). The announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself during his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort on Thursday.
The proposal was pending since the 1999 Kargil conflict. It may be noted that the post was first proposed by the Kargil Review Committee headed by defence expert Late K Subrahmanyam –father of then External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in 1999.
Speculations are rife that Army General Bipin Rawat and IAF Air Chief Marshall BS Dhanoa are among the two strong contenders for the said post. While IAF chief retires on September 30, Gen Rawat’s tenure will be over on December 31.
A brass level ‘implementation committee’ will chalk out the nuances and the role of the CDS by November this year. This tri-service chief will rank higher than the Army, Navy and IAF chiefs, and provide an even more effective Defence system and integrate operations to face the challenges of technology-driven futuristic wars.  
The four-star general will help handle all the tri-service issues and boost greater coordination among the Indian defence units that often pull in different directions.

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