Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

PM Modi’s big announcement from Red Fort- India will have Chief of Defense Staff

  • PM Modi’s big announcement from Red Fort- India will have Chief of Defense Staff to have coordination between Three Armies.
  • After a long wait of nearly 20 years, PM Modi announced the appointment of the Chief of Defense Staff from Lal Kila. The Chief of Defense Staff will be a four-star general.

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned to power again with a two-thirds majority, has now moved to another master stroke on Thursday after the abolition of Article 370 from Pakistan’s Balakot Air Strike, Jammu and Kashmir. In his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, PM Modi declared that coordination between the three forces of the country is very important to deal with the new challenges on the security front and in view of this, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) A new post will be created. The proposal to create a CDS to deal with the two-way threat of China and Pakistan was pending since Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, but it was not completed due to lack of political consensus.

PM Modi's big announcement from Red Fort- India will have Chief of Defense Staff to have coordination between Three Armies- india 24x7 news

PM Modi’s big announcement from Red Fort- India will have Chief of Defense Staff to have coordination between Three Armies- india 24×7 news

The Prime Minister Modi said, ‘Our forces are our pride. I am going to make a big announcement from the Red Fort to further increase the coordination between the three armies. Our government has decided that now the post of Chief of Defense Staff will be created in India. This will make the country’s defense forces more effective. ‘ Explain that after the Kargil war in 1999, a high-level committee constituted to find out the deficiencies in the security system of the country had in 2001 advocated the appointment of the Chief of Defense Staff. It was suggested that the heads of the three armies be made CDS in turn. The chairman of the Chief of Defense Staff will be a four-star general with a tenure of 2 years which can be extended.

Why is Chief of Defense Staff announced now ?

The recommendation from the Vajpayee government was still not implemented due to lack of political consensus. After the abolition of three divorce laws and Article 370, the emboldened NDA government has now decided to make CDS. The decision to appoint CDS was included in PM Modi’s priority list after the NDA government returned to power.

In fact, since the Kargil War, there was a lack of uniformity in strategic planning, budget, arms supply and training in the three armies. Now after the formation of CDS, the government will now get an advice from the Army, Navy and the Airforce in the event of normal conditions and crisis. Let us know that due to lack of coordination among the three armies in the past, India faced a lot of problems.

Chief of Defense Staff necessary to deal with China, Pakistan

India had a war with China in 1962. The Indian Air Force was not given any role in that war while the Indian Air Force could target the Chinese soldiers who had gathered on the Tibetan plateau. Similarly, in the 1965 war with Pakistan, the Indian Navy was not made aware of the plan to attack Pakistan’s international border. However, in the 1971 war, there was good coordination between the three armies and India got a great success. Even after the delay in the use of the Air Force during the Kargil War, the three wings of the Indian Army showed great harmony and drove Pakistani intruders.

According to sources, while the Army and Navy were in favor of the formation of the CDS, the Air Force opposed it. India is surrounded by enemies armed with nuclear weapons from two sides. Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief continue to threaten war and in China, periodically. It is believed that CDS is needed more than the time of Kargil war and in view of all this, PM Modi has announced the appointment of CDS.

CDS is in many countries of the world including America, China

China has a CDS that deals with issues related to India. CDS has already been appointed in the US. Canada, France, Ghana, Italy, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom hold positions of Chief of Defense Staff. The Chief of Defense Staff is the highest military post in most of the countries where this position is arranged. The Chief of Defense Staff is the Chief Military Advisor to the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and National Security Advisor. Apart from this, the Chief of Defense Staff is also responsible for establishing coordination between various branches of the army.