Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 30 December 2019
General Bipin Rawat becomes India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). A source closely associated with General Bipin Rawat confirmed the news to National Defence. General Rawat is superannuating from the post of Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) on 31 December. He will be CDS till at the age of 65 years as per Government’s latest order. General Rawat took over as India’s 27th Army Chief 3 years back on 31st December 2016 after retirement of General Dalbir Singh.
Breaking News: General Bipin Rawat becomes India's first Chief of Defence Staff. He will retire after completing 65 years of age. Gen Rawat is superannuating on 31 Dec from the post of Chief of Army Staff. @adgpi, @iaf_mcc, @indiannavy, @HQ_IDS_India, #CDS, #BipinRawat
— NationalDefence (@NDIndiaFirst) December 30, 2019
General Bipin Rawat’s transition from Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was considered smooth as he strengthened India’s defence and security to a new level by introducing a paradigm concept of ‘hybrid warfare’ and restructured Indian Army to make it more lethal. Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th December took a historic decision of approving the post of Chief of Defence Staff. Kargil Review committee led by K. Subrahmaniyam and Shekatkar committee recommended the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff for better integration and co-operations of tri- services.
Government on 24th December confirmed that CDS will be a four star General with salary and perquisites equivalent to a Service Chief. The Chief of Defence Staff will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), to be created within the Ministry of Defence and function as its Secretary. Government on 28 December made amendments to Army Act 1950, Indian Navy Act 1957 and Indian Air Force Act 1950 to allow the CDS to function till at the age of 65 years.