Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat said on Monday that India was planning to establish a separate theatre command in Jammu and Kashmir. Gen Rawat told a group of select journalists that the Air Defence Command would be launched early next year and the peninsular command by the end of 2021.
Gen Rawat further said that the Indian Air Force will come under the command of the Indian Air Defense Command. All long-range missile and air defence related assets will come under its purview. India is planning to set up a separate theatre command in Jammu and Kashmir. The Eastern and Western Command of the Indian Navy will be merged into peninsular ommand. The Chief Defense Chairman said that ‘India will also have separate training and theoretical command’ Logistics’ command.
He supported the policy of buying large deals in order of large deals, including 114 fighter jets. General Rawat said that after assessing the performance of the indigenously built aircraft carrier, the demand of the Navy’s third aircraft carrier will be considered. Submarines are a priority for the Navy over aircraft carriers.
Sirf News had reported earlier that the new CDS would try to convert the current 17 commands in the country into four or five commands using the theatre command in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
CDS role in theatre and other commands
The country’s first CDS will facilitate the reorganisation of military commands by establishing a theatre command in the country. The CDS is helping pave the way for joint procurement, military equipment and weapons for the three forces.
Gen Rawat heads the space, cyber, special forces, and tri-service command etc. Apart from this, there will be a permanent chairman of the chief of staff committee. There will be military advisers of the Nuclear Command Authority (NCA).
Gen Rawat is the fifth secretary in departments like DRDO, Defence Production and Ex-Servicemen Welfare. But unlike the three chiefs, he cannot take operational decisions about the army.
The CDS does not have a personal command or service, which he had until 30 December. But he looks into the matters of personnel and their issues.
The country’s first CDS does not give any order to the three army chiefs. He can only advise them. He will not be the boss of any of the three service chiefs.