India on December 30 named General Bipin Rawat, who was serving as Chief of Army Staff and was supposed to retire on Dec 31 (today), as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
The CDS is a four-star general and principal military adviser position. CDS is expected to provide military advice to the defense minister of India. The position-holder will head the newly-constituted department of military affairs which is tasked to ensure “jointness in training, logistics and procurement of the three services” ie army, navy and air force.
The old rule stated that an army chief is allowed three-year tenure or up to the age of 62. However, the rules have been amended to allow Bipin to serve as CDS. The move comes in the midst of high strain inside the Indian region because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-drove government’s disputable choices, including the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian constitution which gave unique independence to Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
India has likewise forced a data and correspondence blackout in the occupied locale, and recently passed the anti-Muslim Citizens Amendment Act 2019. The circumstance along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan is additionally wild with different truce infringement from the Indian sides. Gen Rawat has experience working along the LOC.
Gen Rawat, a counterinsurgency expert, succeeded General Dalbir Singh Suhaag. His arrangement caused a stir among resistance groups since he was given the role in front of two progressively senior applicants. The arrangement was also questioned additionally by Communist Party of India leader D Raja, however a representative for the decision Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it was anything but an issue for political discussion.
Indian media announced that it was the first run through since 1983 that the most senior candidate had not been chosen to replace an outgoing army chief.
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