Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) named India’s new Chief of Defence Staff | India News

NEW DELHI: Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) has been appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), nearly 10 months after the death of CDS General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash.
As CDS, Lt Gen Chauhan will function as secretary to government of India, department of military affairs, the defence ministry said.
Born on May 18, 1961, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981.
He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
He was the Eastern Army Command chief before retiring in May 2021.
The coveted post of CDS had been lying vacant since the death of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash in December 2021.
General Rawat took charge as India’s first CDS on January 1, 2020 with a mandate to bring convergence in the functioning of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force and bolster the country’s overall military prowess.
Another key mandate of the CDS was to facilitate the restructuring of the military commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing about jointness in operations, including through the establishment of theatre commands.
The CDS is also the single point of contact for the government for giving military advice and is the senior-most bureaucrat in the defence ministry.
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 recommended the appointment of the CDS as a single-point military adviser to the defence minister.

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