Prime Minister Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff

Indian Army Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the country will now have a post of Chief of Defence Staff that will integrate the operations of the three forces — the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.

Prime Minister Modi had further said the armed forces are the pride of every India. He said that in the changing time, there is a need for the forces to sharpen coordination.

Speaking about the decision, PM Modi said this is important to be in sync with the changing nature of war and security in the world and this will provide a major boost to the reforms of our defence and strategic endeavours.

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A Chief of Defence Staff to oversee the military was first recommended by a committee set up after the Kargil war of 1999.

The committee was set up to examine the lapses in security after the Kargil war which was triggered by Pakistani soldiers infiltrating into India and occupying key heights in the mountains of Kargil.

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