Chief Of Defence Staff – Double Hatted Big Boss
As CDS General Rawat will head the Department of Military Affairs and also be the Permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee managing two hats.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has assumed the top appointment in the Armed Forces on 01 January in a seminal military development.
Calling himself as First Amongst Equals with the service chiefs Army, Navy and the Air Force remaining direct control, General Rawat will be wearing two hats
CDS will be head of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) as well as the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (Chairman COSC)
To man the DMA, Ministry of Defence has transferred officers and issued the rules of business to be conducted by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) on 17 January.
This includes two Joint Secretaries, 12 Director/Deputy Secretaries, 25 Under Secretaries and 22 Section Officers with supporting staff
As DMA, the CDS will deal with subjects related to Armed Forces of the Union, namely, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
The Cabinet Secretariat vide notification No.1/21/17/2019-Cab dated 30.12. 2018 has amended the Government of India Allocation of Business for this purpose.
The Second Schedule has also been amended allocating the subjects between the Department of Defence and Department of Military Affairs.
DMA will also deal with Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence comprising Army Headquarters, Naval Headquarters, Air Headquarters and Defence Staff Headquarters.
Thus all subjects related to the military will be dealt with by the DMA.
Territorial Army will also be under the DMA in addition to works relating to the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
Procurement exclusive to the Services except capital acquisitions, as per prevalent rules and procedures will be dealt by General Rawat’s Department.
As the Permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) General Rawat will also head the Integrated Defence Staff
The main task here is to promote jointness in the three services
This will include jointness in procurement, training and staffing by joint planning and integration of their requirements.
Creation of Theatre commands is another major responsibility with plans for Air Defence Command announced.
Bringing about jointness in operation, logistics, transport, training, support services, communications, repairs and maintenance, etc of the three Services
Ensure optimal utilisation of infrastructure and rationalise it through jointness among the services and Ensure implementation of services plans for acquiring weapons and equipment given the long delays that have been experienced
Inter -Services prioritisation of capital acquisition proposals based on the anticipated budget
and reducing wasteful expenditure is a critical task
Thus, it is a full charter for the CDS General Rawat in the years ahead and he will not be just a ceremonial top hat.