PM Narendra Modi Broke the News of His Appointment as CDS to General Bipin Rawat – Indian Defence News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally informed General Bipin Rawat of his appointment as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) during a farewell dinner at the Prime Minister’s residence on December 30, 2019. General Rawat was set to retire as the Chief of the Army Staff on December 31, 2019.

The creation of the post of CDS was a major reform of the Indian Armed Forces, aimed at improving coordination and efficiency among the three services. The CDS is the single point of contact for the government on all matters relating to the armed forces, and is responsible for advising the government on military strategy and planning.

General Rawat’s appointment as CDS was widely welcomed by the Indian strategic community. He was seen as a highly experienced and capable officer, with a deep understanding of the challenges facing the Indian Armed Forces. General Rawat had served in a variety of command and staff positions, including as the Commander of the Southern Command and the Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

General Rawat assumed office as the CDS on January 1, 2020. He served in this position for two years, until his tragic death in a helicopter crash on December 8, 2021.

General Rawat’s appointment as CDS by Prime Minister Modi was a significant moment in the history of the Indian Armed Forces. It was a clear signal of the government’s commitment to reforming the armed forces and improving their effectiveness.

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