Cabinet Committee On Security Approves Creation Of Chief Of Defence Staff
The South Block of the Central Secretariat buildings, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, stands in New Delhi. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)  

Cabinet Committee On Security Approves Creation Of Chief Of Defence Staff

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The Cabinet Committee on Security on Tuesday approved the creation of a chief of defence staff, who will be the single-point military adviser to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999, official sources said.

The CCS also approved the report of a high-level committee, headed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, which finalised responsibilities and the enabling framework for the CDS, they said.

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In a landmark military reform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Aug. 15 announced that India will have a CDS as head of the tri-services.

Days after the prime minister's announcement, an Implementation committee headed by Doval was appointed to finalise an enabling framework and determine the exact responsibilities for the CDS.

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