Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff, a four-star officer who will be the government’s single-point military advisor.
“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),” PM Modi said in his I-Day speech. “This is going to make the forces even more effective,” PM Modi said.
This is India’s most significant defence reform in 72 years. Terming it a historic decision, Lt General DB Shekatkar said that it was the most important recommendation made by a committee he headed in 2016.