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Centre to consider both serving and retired military officers for post of CDS – Details

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Centre to consider both serving and retired military officers for post of CDS – Details
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New Delhi: The Centre on Monday said that both serving and retired officers who have not attained the age of 62 years on the date of appointment could be considered for the post of the Chief of Defence Staff.In a gazette notification, the Ministry of Defence said that for appointing CDS, the government may consider officers who are serving as Lt Gen equivalent or General equivalent, or officers who have retired in the rank of Lt Gen or Gen but have not attained the age of 62 years on the date of appointment.

“The Central Government may, if considered necessary, in public interest, so to do, appoint as Chief of Defence Staff, an officer who is serving as Air Marshal or Air Chief Marshal or an officer who has retired in the rank of Air Marshal or Air Chief Marshal but has not attained the age of sixty-two years on the date of his appointment: Provided that the Central Government may, if considered necessary, in public interest, so to do, extend the service of the Chief of Defence Staff for such period as it may deem necessary subject to a maximum age of sixty-five years,” the notification read.

The CDS post is lying vacant since December last year after the death of India’s first CDS late General Bipin Rawat in an air crash. General Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other people on board an Indian Air Force helicopter died in a crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.

In a landmark reform in higher defence management in the country, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 approved to create the post of Chief of Defence Staff in the rank of a four-star General. The Chief of Defence Staff heads the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), created within the Ministry of Defence, and functions as its Secretary. The department ensures facilitation of restructuring of military commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing about “jointness in operations, including through establishment of joint and theatre commands”.

Besides this, the department is tasked with promoting use of indigenous equipment by the services. It also ensures “jointness in procurement, training and staffing for the services through joint planning and integration of their requirements”. The CDS is the senior to the tri-service chiefs and his primary role is to work towards increasing operational coordination among the Army, Navy or Air Force and deal with India’s national security with a comprehensive approach. He also acts as a single-point military adviser to the prime minister and defence minister on key defence and strategic issues.

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