Former Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday took charge as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for India. The General accorded the Tri-Services Guard of Honour held at New Delhi which was also attended by Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Navy Chief Karambir Singh. Addressing the media post the ceremony, Rawat said that he would strive to create synergy between the tri-services. “Our action will depend on teamwork. We have to achieve more through our integrity and teamwork,” he added. Responding to the allegations that he’s politically inclined, the General said – “We stay far away from politics, very far. We have to work according to the directions of the Government in power.”
"Chief of the Defence Staff #CDS is all about #Synergy where effort is to achieve more than the sum of the whole. Sum of synergistic application of three Services is not for 1+1+1=3 but sum to be 5 or 7."
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 1, 2020
The CDS will provide single-point military advice to the government as well as function as the military advisor to the PM-led Nuclear Command Authority. Though the three Service chiefs will retain full operational control over their forces, the CDS will clearly be the first among equals in the hierarchy. Gen Rawat will be able to serve as CDS for a period of up to three years after the government amended the rules extending the age of retirement to 65 years. The newly-appointed trio-service Chief who demitted office on retirement at the age of 62 has become the unanimous choice for central government which even face criticism from Congress leaders.