- Rajnath Singh stated that the CDS will have a 'long-lasting and positive impact' on the security of the country.
- The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm.
Following PM Modi's announcement of the creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the reform will 'streamline' coordination among three forces.
In a tweet, the Raksha Mantri that the announcement was made to enhance the coordination among the three forces- Army, Air Force and Naval.
BJP's Lucknow MP further stated that the CDS will have a 'long-lasting and positive impact' on the security of the country.
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The Prime Minister said the CDS will ensure synergy among the three services and provide effective leadership to them.
“Our government has decided to have a Chief of Defence Staff – CDS,” PM Modi said. 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 called for the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister.
A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff.
In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task Force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm.
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Here are the highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday:
- One nation, one constitution spirit has become a reality after scrapping of provisions of Article 370 and India is proud of it.
- 'Population explosion' causes new challenges for coming generations, central and state governments should launch measures to deal with it.
- There is a 'huge' scope for improvement in the tourism sector, everyone should visit at least 15 tourist destinations within India by 2022.
- Chief of Defence Staff to ensure coordination and provide effective leadership to three services will be created.
- Discussions should now be held on one nation, one election, it is imperative to make the country great.
- India can become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years.
- We have decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure building.
- India does not want to wait too long for incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded.
- Our aim is to reach among first 50 nations in ease of doing business.
- 'Jal Jivan' mission to make drinking water available to all households announced, govt will spend Rs 3.5 lakh crore for it.
- GST brought to life the dream of one nation, one tax. India has also achieved one nation, one grid in the energy sector.
- The scrapping of Triple Talaq will help Muslim women live a better life; the decision should not be seen through a political prism.
- India is strongly fighting against those supporting terrorism.
- India is not the only target of terrorism in the region; countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have also been affected.
- If 2014-19 was an era to fulfil people's needs, the time since 2019 is about meeting aspirations and dreams.
- Peoples trust in us have given us new strength, the 2019 mandate shows that hopelessness has given way to hope among masses.
- Every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome; these are menaces that have ruined India for 70 years.
- The government should have a minimal role in people's lives.
- Let our people have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations, let the right eco-system be made in this regard.
- India will soon become open defecation free country.