Govt changes Service rules to make retired officers eligible for CDS post
The Central Government has made a major change in the rules for appointment to the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The government has amended the service rules of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
What are the new rules?
Under the new rule, now retired chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force or serving lieutenant general rank officers can also become CDS.
Age should be less than 62 years at the time of appointment.
Thus, under the new rules, the way has been cleared for the second best active rank officers of the three services to become CDS.
General Bipin Rawat was appointed as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) after retiring from the post of Army Chief.
The post of CDS has been lying vacant since the death of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in December last year.
About Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
CDS is the head of Indian Armed Forces and the highest-ranking officer of the Indian Armed Forces.
The President of India is the supreme commander of the armed forces.
General Bipin Rawat was the first Chief of Defence Staff.
He assumed office on 1 January 2020.
CDS post was created on 24 December 2019.
CDS is a member of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, National Security Council, Defence Acquisition Council, Defence Planning Committee, Nuclear Command Authority, Defence Cyber Agency and Defence Space Agency.
List of Chiefs of the Indian Defence
Army Chief - General Manoj Pande
Navy Chief - Admiral R. Hari Kumar
Air Force Chief - Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari
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