Govt taking fresh look on appointing chief of defence staff
October 30, 2017  19:44
The government is considering appointing a chief of defence staff as head of the tri-services with a sense of urgency, defence ministry sources said on Monday.
They said government was revisiting the long-pending issue, indicating that a clear picture may emerge soon.
The defence ministry is attending to it with a sense of urgency, the sources said.
A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country's security system in the wake of the Kargil war in 1999 had called for appointment of a chief of defence staff as a single-point military adviser to the defence minister.
A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff.
However, successive governments were unable to take a call on the sensitive issue.
"Several steps have to be taken before the appointment (of the CDS)," a source said.
In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee.
The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm. -- PTI
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