CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF (CDS)

REMEMBERING INDIA’S FIRST CDS ON HIS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

1.   Gen Bipin Rawat, Padma Vibhushan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, was a ‘Soldier Statesman’, who heralded the Indian Armed Forces into a new era of transformation. An alumnus of NDA & IMA who passed out with coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ and had an illustrious career that one could only envy. A second generation general officer in the Army, Gen Bipin Rawat, epitomized the stellar character of a military leader who always led from the front. Honest, upright and resolute, in his over four decades of distinguished service, he was known for his plain speaking, dynamism and for path breaking decisions.

2.   As the first CDS and Secy DMA, he was entrusted with the onerous responsibility of recasting the nation’s security architecture, usher greater jointness and synergy amongst the Services and provide an impetus to the indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country. A strong proponent of Tri - Services integration and positive change, Gen Rawat rallied for organisational restructuring, modernisation of Indian Armed Forces and creation of Integrated Theatre Commands. He envisioned enhancing the operational capabilities and jointness amongst the three Services, optimisation of manpower and resources, review of old and obsolete policies, traditions and practices, revitalising the procurement process through Integrated Capability Development Plan and simplifying the decision making process in the MoD.

3.  Due to his enduring efforts, the Tri-Services integration was propelled in the right direction in multiple domains especially joint training wherein numerous Joint Services Training Institutes were made functional.As part of integrating the logistics requirements of the Services, three Joint Logistics Nodes at Mumbai, Port Blair & Guwahati were established in record time. With his 3600 focus and guidance, he streamlined the operational procedures, maintenance philosophy, codification and standardisation of inventory. To provide impetus to Atmanirbhar Bharat a number of initiatives were introduced including promulgation of two Positive Indigenisation Lists, mandating the Services to procure these items from domestic vendors. Further,numerous policy decisions were taken to address the growing aspiration of all ranks of the three Services which included refined posting and promotion policies, deeper and merit based selection process, enhanced induction of women in Armed Forces and review of medical categorization and disability norms.He efficiently oversaw the orchestration of HADR response of the Services during disasters such as cyclones, floods, avalanches and forest fires and channelised the efforts of the Services as part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

4.  His astute leadership, inclusive approach and integrated efforts prepared the Armed Forces to respond to any security challenges from our advisories and his vision continues to guide the Armed Forces in their pursuance of professional excellence.

‘JAI HIND’