CDS Gen Bipin Rawat meets with defense minister Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: The Chief of Staff of Defense Gen met with the Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh on Wednesday, shortly after taking over the new post, created to attract synergy triservices and strengthen India's military skills.

Officials described the meeting as a courtesy call from the CDS.

Gen Rawat took office as the country's first CDS to be the single-point military advisor to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999.

Raksha Mantri extended his best wishes to General Rawat for a successful tenure, tweeted the office of the Minister of Defense.

General Rawat's appointment to office took place on Monday, a day before his retirement after a three-year term as Chief of Army.

A key mandate of the CDS is to facilitate the restructuring of military commands for optimal use of resources through articulation in operations, including through the establishment of joint/theatrical commands.

Authorities said that achieving union in logistics, transportation, training, support services, communications, repairs and maintenance of the three services within three years is also among the priorities of the CDS.

Triple service agencies, organizations and commands related to cyberspace and space have also been placed under the command of the CDS. He will also function as the military advisor of the Nuclear Command Authority.

The CDS has also become a member of the Defense Procurement Council chaired by the defense minister and chaired by the National Security Advisor.