New Delhi: Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan has taken in charge as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) today. It is on the last day the Central Government has issued the order which provides the authority to General Anil Chauhan. He will be succeeding General Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash and also serve as the secretary of the Department of Military Affairs. Currently, Anil Chauhan is the advisor of the National Security Council.
He retired as the Eastern Army Commander on 31 May, 2021. During the month of June, the Centre had amended the Army rules to consider retired personnel of the Army, Navy and the Air Force to the post of the CDS. The tenure of the CDS staff is 65 years . Anil Chauhan had held many important posts in the Indian army for four decades.
Anil Chauhan had joined the force in 1981 through 11 Gurkha Rifles. The army-terror operations of the army in Kashmir and North Eastern states have been led by him. He has received many awards like the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ativishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal.
CDS General Anil Chauhan expressed his immense joy to take up the responsibility of the highest rank in the Indian Armed Forces. He said that he will fulfil the expectations of the three services. He also commented that “ we will tackle all challenges and difficulties together”.