Army veterans welcome CDS appointment

Wednesday, 01 Jan, 11.13 pm

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Former Army Chief General Bipin Rawat (retd) took charge as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) here on Wednesday and was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah on his new role.

Defence experts spell out the benefits from the appointment of the CDS as they said that it was a long standing demand which has been fulfilled.

General Ved Prakash Malik (retd) told IANS: "It was a long standing demand for almost twenty years. The Group of Ministers had agreed to have a CDS but for some reason or the other, it could not happen.