Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) – Need, Roles, Functions, ChallengesPREMIUM 

General Bipin Rawat has become the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of India on New Year's Day.  This came as the result of the centre’s approval for the creation of the new posting of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Department of Military Affairs under the Ministry of Defence. This position has been recommended by many for decades and the government was not able to implement this until now due to criticism from the political class on the possibility of a military takeover and the service staffs’ unwillingness to part their powers and confine themselves to only staff functions.