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  1. Government taking fresh look on appointing Chief of Defence Staff

Government taking fresh look on appointing Chief of Defence Staff

The government is considering appointing a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri- services with a sense of urgency, defence ministry sources said today.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 30, 2017 7:47 PM
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The government is considering appointing a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri-services with a sense of urgency, defence ministry sources said today. They said government was revisiting the long-pending issue, indicating that a clear picture may emerge soon. The defence ministry is attending to it with a sense of urgency, the sources said. A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country’s security system in the wake of the Kargil war in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister. A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff. However, successive governments were unable to take a call on the sensitive issue. “Several steps have to be taken before the appointment (of the CDS),” a source said.

In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm.

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