Lt General Anil Chauhan appointed new Chief of Defence Staff– The Ministry of Defense has appointed Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Chauhan will also serve as Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Military Affairs.
- The top post of Chief of Defence Staff was vacant from 8 December 2021 after the sudden demise of General Bipin Rawat.
- Chauhan took retirement as the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Command in May 2021.
- Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (Retd) served for a career spanning nearly 40 years and assumed various charges such as command, staff and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East India.
New rules to appoint the chief of defence staff
- The government of India has notified new rules to appoint the chief of defence staff. as per the new rules, The next Chief of Defence Staff can be anyone from the three serving chiefs, any serving three-star officer, any retired chief who is below 62 or any retired three-star officer also below the same age.
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