Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates General Bipin Rawat on his appointment as India's first CDS

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Wednesday he congratulated the Chief of Defense Staff, saying that the CDS position is a momentous and comprehensive reform that will help our country to face the ever-changing challenges of modern warfare.

I am delighted that at the beginning of the new year and the new decade, India obtains its first position in General Bipin Rawat. I congratulate you and wish you the best for this responsibility. He is an outstanding official who has served India with great enthusiasm, the prime minister tweeted.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister recalled how Kargil's post-war discussions about reforms in the armed forces paved the way for the appointment of CDS.

As the first CDS takes over, I pay tribute to all who have served and given their lives for our nation. I remember the brave staff that fought in Kargil, after which many discussions began about the reform of our armed forces, which led to the historical history of today. development, the prime minister added.

The prime minister recalled that the announcement for the appointment of CDS was made by him on August 15 from the wall of Red Fort. This institution has a tremendous responsibility to modernize our military forces. It would also reflect the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians, he said.

The prime minister's tweets arrived when General Bipin Rawat took office as the country's first CDS.

This is the first time that this position has been created by the Indian government by appointing General Rawat as the most important defense officer in the country, which will be the main point of contact for the government to deal with the affairs of the military forces. defending.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the creation of the post of Chief of Defense Staff in his Independence Day speech on August 15 this year.

The recommendation for CDS was made for the first time after the Kargil War in 1999. It was argued that this publication will create better coordination between the three services: the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

The national security adviser, Ajit Doval, played a crucial role together with the Secretary of Defense, Ajay Kumar, to finalize the roles and responsibilities of the new office of the Chief of Defense Staff.