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General Rawat will act as the Principal Military Adviser to the Defence Minister on tri-services matters. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on December 24, approved the CDS post and its charter and duties…reports Asian Lite News

Pathankot: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat addresses during 'Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty' programme at Mamun military station in Punjab's Pathankot on Nov 12, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .

General Bipin Rawat has been named as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on Monday.

CDS, the four-star General rank, is also the head of the new Department of Military Affairs and also the principal military advisor to the Defence Minister.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry has amended rules of service and tenure in the Army Rules, 1954, before naming General Rawat as the first CDS.

In its notification dated December 28, the Ministry has stated that Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or tri-services chief will be able to serve till the age of 65 years. “Provided that the Central Government may, if considered necessary, in public interest, so to do, give extension of service to the Chief of Defence Staff, referred to in the Explanation to clause (a) of sub rule (5), for such period or periods, as it may deem necessary subject to maximum age of 65 years.”

Bengaluru: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visiting the Army Aviation Pavilion, during the Aero India 2017, at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru on Feb. 14, 2017.(Photo: IANS/PIB) by . Gen. Bipin Rawat is to retire as Chief of Army Staff on December 31.

As per existing rules, the three Services chiefs can serve up to the age of 62 or for three years, whichever is earlier.

The development is being seen as indicative of who is the government’s choice for donning the mantle of India’s first CDS.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on December 24, approved the CDS post and its charter and duties.

The CDS will act as the Principal Military Adviser to the Defence Minister on tri-services matters. The three service chiefs will continue to advise the Defence Minister on matters exclusively concerning their respective forces.

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