New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has sought a detailed proposal on the creation of an Air Defence Command pushing for joint-service synergy and cutting out “infructuous ceremonial activities”.
While the Air Force is in charge of the country’s air defence, each Service has its own air defence systems in place as well to protect their units.
“The idea is to have an integrated system and procedures in place,” a defence source told ThePrint.
Soon after assuming charge as CDS, Rawat held a meeting with important functionaries of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (Hq IDS).
“General Rawat directed various branch heads to come up with recommendations for inter-service synergy and jointness in a time-bound manner,” a statement by the defence ministry said.
“He also directed that a proposal to create Air Defence Command be prepared by June 30, 2020.”
Some of the areas identified for jointness and synergy include the creation of common logistics support pools in stations where two or more services have their presence. The CDS also told his officers that all three services and the Coast Guard must be consulted and their views obtained in a time-bound manner.
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“Decisions will, however, be taken to ensure optimisation of resources,” the statement said, adding that efforts will be made to cut out “infructuous ceremonial activities”, which are manpower intensive.
Rawat, who took charge as the country’s first CDS Wednesday, said his focus will be to ensure best and optimal use of resources allocated to the three services.
He retired from the post of army chief Tuesday after a three-year tenure. On Monday, he was appointed India’s first CDS.
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