Ground Report | New Delhi: Who will be New CDS of India; The exercise to fill the vacant Chief of Defense Staff after the death of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash on Wednesday has started and Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane is leading the race.
Who will be New CDS of India
The government will make a panel of names of senior commanders of the three services. In the next two to three days, this panel will be finalized based on the recommendations of the three services. Thereafter, it will be sent to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for approval.
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After their approval, these names will be sent to the Appointment Cabinet for consideration and from here the name of the next CDS of the country will be stamped. According to experts, for the appointment of the CDS, the government will follow the same protocol that is followed in the appointment of the Army Chief.
Gen Naravane’s appointment as CDS is more likely to be based on overall performance, including handling of the standoff in Ladakh. In addition, he is also the senior-most among the three army chiefs. Of the three serving Chiefs of Armed Forces, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane is the senior-most officer in the Army after General Bipin Rawat. General Naravane has tenure as the Indian Army Chief till April 2022.
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Gen Naravane’s appointment
General Naravane took over as the Indian Army Chief from General Bipin Rawat in December 2019. It also places him at the top of the list of seniority compared to the other two chiefs of the armed forces.
The other two service chiefs are relatively new to their positions. Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary took over as the Chief of the Air Staff on 30 September this year while Admiral R Hari Kumar took over as the Chief of the Navy on 30 November.
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Apart from seniority, there is also a border situation with China in favor of General Naravane to be promoted to the rank of CDS. From Ladakh in the western region to Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern region, China is aggressively attempting to unilaterally change the status quo. This situation demands a bigger role of the Indian Army. The government may find itself leaning towards the army chief for the next CDS.
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