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Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (Retired), eastern command chief, is India’s new Chief of Defence Staff

About 9 months after the death of the country's first CDS, General Vipin Rawat in a helicopter accident, Lieutenant General (Retd) Anil Chauhan has been appointed to this post.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The country’s new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been appointed. About 9 months after the death of the country’s first CDS, General Vipin Rawat in a helicopter accident, Lieutenant General (Retd) Anil Chauhan has been appointed to this post. China expert Chauhan (61) will also serve as Secretary in the Department of Military Affairs from the date of his assumption of charge and till further orders.

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He was the Director General of the Army’s Military Operations (DGMO) during the Balakot air strikes in 2019, when Indian fighter jets destroyed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp inside Pakistan in response to the Pulwama terror attack. Lt Gen Chouhan (Retd) will assume the rank of a four-star rank general after taking over as India’s second CDS. Lt Gen Anil Chauhan, retired as the chief of Eastern Command in May 2021.

General Bipin Rawat had the distinction of becoming the first Chief of Defense of the country. In December last year, 13 people including General Rawat, his wife and some other officers were killed in a helicopter accident in Tamil Nadu. In the accident, only Air Force Group Captain Varun Singh survived, who later died due to severe burns.

63-year-old General Bipin Rawat took charge as the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) in January 2020. This post was created to integrate the three services-Army, Navy and Air Force. The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) is the permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. Apart from imparting impartial advice to the political leadership, it is the chief military advisor to the Defense Minister.

It is worth noting that an inquiry was ordered by a team of three services into this helicopter crash that took place on December 8 last year. Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other army personnel were killed in a chopper crash in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. Went. Group Captain Varun Singh, who was injured in the accident, died a few days later in the hospital during treatment. The investigation, led by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, had found that the pilot was distracted due to bad weather, which led to the accident.

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