Indian Defence experts say forces to become stronger under CDS

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NEW DELHI: Indian armed forces will become stronger as they will work in a coordinated manner under the newly-created Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) office, a defence expert said on Wednesday.

Speaking to ANI here, defence expert Ranjit Rai said that the move of creating the post of CDS will boost the morale of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. “India is on the verge of a change where all the three powerful armed forces are going to be under one coordinated head. We waited for this for 50 years,” he said. Calling General Bipin Rawat a lucky man to get a chance to become the first CDS, Rai said: “So far, the services were working separately. Now as they have come together under the CDS, they will be stronger.”

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Chief of the Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat along with Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria after ceremonial Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Rai said the three forces are undergoing modernisation and have inducted many advanced arms and ammunition in their armoury. He said that the forces can now advise the government on any matter of security in a united voice.

General Bipin Rawat, who demitted the office of the Army Chief on Tuesday, has been appointed India’s first CDS, a post which has been created to bring in synergy and coordination among the forces.

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as the new Army chief on Tuesday. PK Sehgal, another defence expert, hailed Generals Rawat and Naravane as “extremely competent” officers. “Both the Generals are extremely competent and have a very high reputation professionally,” he said.

Sehgal also hailed General Naravane for sending a stern message to Pakistan through his comment on preemptive action against sources of terror.

Modi’s comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated former Army chief Bipin Rawat for taking over as the first Chief of Defence Staff and called him an “outstanding officer” who has served India with great zeal.

“I am delighted that as we begin the new year and new decade, India gets its first Chief of Defence Staff in General Bipin Rawat. I congratulate him and wish him the very best for this responsibility. He is an outstanding officer who has served India with great zeal,” Prime Minister Modi said in a series of tweets.

On Tuesday, General Rawat received the guard of honour from all the three forces after demitting office on retirement as Chief of Indian Army. Expressing delight over the appointment of Rawat as the first CDS, Prime Minister said that the position of chief of Defence staff carries “tremendous responsibility of modernising India’s military forces”.

“On 15th August 2019, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I announced that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff. This institution carries tremendous responsibility of modernizing our military forces. It would also reflect the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians,” he said.

On the occasion, Prime Minister paid homage to all those who laid down their lives for the nation and recalled how post-Kargil War discussions on reforms in military paved the way towards the appointment of CDS.

“As the first CDS takes charge, I pay homage to all those who have served and laid down their lives for our nation. I recall the valiant personnel who fought in Kargil, after which many discussions on reforming our military began, leading to today’s historic development,” he said.