- The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) acts as a single-point military adviser to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999.
- CDS acts as the principal military adviser to the defence minister on all tri-service matters. But the three Chiefs continue to advise the defence minister on matters exclusively concerning their respective services.
- The CDS is a four star general who also heads the department of military affairs.
- In addition to heading the newly created Department of Military Affairs (DMA), the CDS is also the permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The three service chiefs will be members of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
- However, CDS doesn’t exercise any military command including over three service chiefs.
- His salary is equivalent to that of service chiefs.
Functions of CDS
The duties and functions of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) include the following:
- To head the Department of Military Affairs in the Ministry of Defence and function as its Secretary.
- To act as the Principal Military Advisor to Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on all Tri-Service matters.
- To function as the Permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
- To administer the Tri-Service organizations/agencies/commands.
- To be a member of Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.
- To function as the Military Advisor to the Nuclear Command Authority.
- To bring about jointness in operation, logistics, transport, training, support services, communications, repairs and maintenance, etc of the three Services.
- To ensure optimal utilisation of infrastructure and rationalise it through jointness among the Services.
- To implement Five-Year Defence Capital Acquisition Plan and Two-Year roll-on Annual Acquisition Plans, as a follow up of Integrated Capability Development Plan.
- To assign inter-services prioritisation to capital acquisition proposals based on the anticipated budget.
- To bring about reforms in the functioning of three Services with the aim to augment combat capabilities of the Armed Forces by reducing wasteful expenditure.
Why in the news?
- Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat operationalised and dedicated to the Services 3rd Joint Logistics Node (JLN) in Mumbai recently.
- These JLNs will provide integrated logistics cover to the Armed Forces for their small arms ammunition, rations, fuel, general stores, civil hired transport, aviation clothing, spares and also engineering support in an effort to synergise their operational efforts.