Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a big announcement for the defense and forces of the country on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.
After hoisting the tricolor for the sixth time on the Red Fort on Thursday, the Prime Minister said that a new post of Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) will be created in the country.
This will give the Army, Air Force, and Navy all the same effective leadership. We will fulfill our dream of reforms in the military services.
In 1999 after the Kargil war the committee first time recommended about CDS.
Prime Minister Modi said, “There has been a considerable discussion on military resources reforms. There have been many reports. All reports have been highlighting the same problem. There is coordination among the three of our armies. Any Indian takes pride in this. But today the world is changing. The way technology systems are being built today. India should not stop at this.”
He further said, “Our forces are India’s pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). With this, all three forces will get effective leadership. CDS will be important for India from a strategic point of view.”
The committee headed by Advani recommended the CDS
During the Kargil war, they felt a need that all three forces needed coordination. The government then formed a committee of ministers under the chairmanship of LK Advani for review. Its report recommended the joint headquarters of the three armies and the post of CDS, but in the absence of a political will, the decision was stuck for nearly 20 years. Manohar Parrikar, who was the defense minister for two years in the first Modi government, strongly supported the CDS position.