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Army chief General Bipin Rawat became India’s 1st Chief of Defence Staff

Army chief General Bipin Rawat became India’s 1st Chief of Defence Staff
Army chief General Bipin Rawat became India’s 1st Chief of Defence Staff

Army chief General Bipin Rawat became India’s 1st Chief of Defence Staff


The CDS is a 4-star single-point military adviser to function as a single-point adviser to the government on matters related to the military and will focus on better synergy between the Army, Air Force and the Navy.

General Bipin Rawat will retire as Army Chief today (31st December 2019).

The Chief of Defence Staff will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), to be created within the Ministry of Defence and function as its Secretary.

The following areas will be dealt by the Department of Military Affairs headed by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS):

  • The Armed Forces of the Union, namely, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
  • Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence comprising Army Headquarters, Naval Headquarters, Air Headquarters and Defence Staff Headquarters.
  • The Territorial Army.
  • Works relating to the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
  • Procurement exclusive to the Services except capital acquisitions, as per prevalent rules and procedures.

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