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General Bipin Rawat retires as the Chief of Army Staff today. General Rawat was given the Guard of Honor in South Block. Earlier, he reached the National War Memorial and paid tribute to the martyrs. General Manoj Mukund Narwane will be the new army chief in place of General Bipin Rawat. General Manoj Mukund Narwane offered blessings to General Rawat. Rawat, while giving a message to the soldiers, said that my best wishes to all the brave soldiers. Thank you for being my colleague in the last 3 years. He said that the army chief cannot do anything alone unless all the soldiers stand with him. Thank you very much for your cooperation. He said that they will now work together again for further strategies.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was appointed the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) on Monday. According to the government order, the appointment of General Rawat to the post of CDS will be effective from December 31. General Rawat assumed the post of Army Chief on 31 December 2016. Prior to becoming Army Chief, he had handled the Line of Control with Pakistan, the Line of Actual Control with China and various operational responsibilities in the Northeast. Prior to becoming Army Chief, he had handled the Line of Control with Pakistan, the Line of Actual Control with China and various operational responsibilities in the Northeast.
The task of the CDS will be to bring better synergy in the functioning of the Army, Navy and Air Force and further strengthen the military strength of the country. The CDS will serve as the Principal Military Advisor to the Minister of Defense in all matters relating to the three armies. The main responsibility of the CDS is to reintegrate military commands for optimum use of resources by bringing jointness into the operations. The responsibility of CDS will be to ensure jointness in operation, logistics, movement, training, support services, communication, repair and maintenance etc. of all three services within three years. General Rawat will also head the Department of Military Affairs as the Chief of Defense Staff. He will oversee administrative functions for all three military services. Agencies associated with all three services, Organizations and cyber and interdisciplinary operations will be commanded by the Chief of Defense Staff. CDS will be a member of the Defense Acquisition Council headed by the Minister of Defense and the Defense Planning Committee headed by the NSA.
Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Narwane will be the new Army Chief of the country. Narwane will replace General Bipin Rawat. Lieutenant Narwane is currently the Army Deputy Chief. Lieutenant Narwane was the chief of the Eastern Command of the Army, which took care of the nearly four thousand km border with China before becoming Deputy Chief of Army Staff in September. During his 37 years of service, Lieutenant General Narwane held many important positions in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. He commanded the National Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and led the Infantry Brigade on the Eastern Front. He was part of the Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka and was a defense attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years. Lieutenant General Narwane has been a student of the National Defense Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned in June 1980 in the Seventh Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment.
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