Military affairs dept, CDS post momentous reforms: Modi

The prime minister said the post of CDS carries a tremendous responsibility of modernizing India's military forces and that it will reflect the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians. Photo: PTI

The creation of the Department of Military Affairs and institutionalisation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff are momentous reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday (January 1).

Congratulating General Bipin Rawat for his appointment as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Modi said he is an outstanding officer who has served India with great zeal.

“Creation of the Department of Military Affairs with requisite military expertise and institutionalisation of the post of CDS is a momentous and comprehensive reform that will help our country face the ever-changing challenges of modern warfare,” the prime minister tweeted.

In another tweet, the prime minister said the post of CDS carries a “tremendous responsibility of modernizing our military forces” and that it will reflect the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians.

“As the first CDS takes charge, I pay homage to all those who have served and laid down their lives for our nation. I recall the valiant personnel who fought in Kargil, after which many discussions on reforming our military began, leading to today’s historic development,” he tweeted.

With inputs from agencies)

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