India to have Chief of Defence Staff: PM Modi


New Delhi: To enhance coordination between security forces, India will now have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of Independence Day, Modi announced the decision to have Chief of Defence Staff- CDS to enhance coordination between our forces.

PM Mod during his 93-minute speech 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. This is going to make the forces even more effective.”

A Chief of Defence Staff to oversee the military was first recommended by a committee set up after the Kargil war of 1999.

The committee was set up to examine the lapses in security after the Kargil war which was triggered by Pakistani soldiers infiltrating into India and occupying key heights in the mountains of Kargil.

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