Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane has taken over the responsibility of Chairman of the Chief of Defense Staff Committee. This responsibility is given to the one who is senior among the chiefs of the three wings of the army. Earlier this responsibility was with the Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, but after the death of General Rawat in a helicopter crash on December 8, General Naravane has got this responsibility due to being the senior most among the three Chiefs.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary and Navy Chief R Hari Kumar are junior to the other two wings of the Army, so both cannot hold the post.
When the government first announced the name of General Rawat for the post of CDS in December 2019, the post of chairman went to General Bipin Rawat along with CDS.
However, before that, there was the post of Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee in the Army for coordination in all the three wings of the Army. At that time, the senior among the three chiefs used to hold this post. Now that the post of CDS is vacant, the old tradition has been restored, so that there is no problem in the working of mutual coordination between the army.
When the government announces the CDS, this post will automatically go to them. It is likely that due to being the senior among the three chiefs, the government will make Army Chief General MM Naravane as the CDS.
General Naravane On December 31, 2019, General Manoj Mukund Naravane took over as the 28th Army Chief on Tuesday, succeeding General Bipin Rawat. Bipin Rawat was then appointed as the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff. Before that, Naravane was serving as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. Naravane headed the Eastern Command of the Army before taking over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff in September 2019. Which keeps an eye on the 4000 km long Indian border with China.