Committee submits report to government about responsibilities of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

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New Delhi, December 2, 2019: The Government has approved in principle the creation of a post of CDS.  An Implementation Committee was also approved and constituted to further determine and finalize the exact responsibilities, an enabling framework for this new post and all other issues involved to ensure smooth operationalization.  The said Committee has submitted its report.

Military reforms is a continuous process and requisite steps are taken by the Government from time to time, as deemed necessary.  Such steps taken include establishment of Integrated Defence Staff, two Tri-Service Commands, three Tri-Service Agencies in specialized fields, etc.

 This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

The Government constituted a Group of Ministers (GOM) on 17th April, 2000 to review the national security system in its entirety and in particular, to consider the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee and to formulate specific proposals for its implementation. The GoM’s report on ‘Reforming the National Security System’ was presented to the Government in February 2001 in which it was, inter alia, recommended to create the institution of Chief of Defence Staff. It was decided that Government would take a view on the establishment of the CDS after consulting various political parties. Accordingly, a decision on the matter would be taken after completion of the ongoing consultations.