Correct Answer : Option (D) - Lt General Anil Chauhan
The ministry of Defense on Wednesday(28th Sep 2022) announced Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) has been appointed as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The release also stated that Chauhan will also function as Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Military Affairs.
The top post of Chief of Defence Staff fell vacant on 8 December, 2021 after the sudden demise of General Bipin Rawat. A helicopter crash killed the then CD, his wife and dozen others. India had been left without a CDS since then.
Chauhan retired as the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Command in May 2021.
The ministry of defense informed that in a career spanning over nearly 40 years, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (Retd) had held several command, staff and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East India.
Born on 18th May 1961, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981
. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla
and Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun..
Awards : For his distinguished and illustrious service in the Army, Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.
Role of the Chief of Defence Staff :
* The Chief of Defence Staff is the Permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and has to be the main military adviser to the Defence Minister besides giving impartial advice to the political leadership.
* The CDS is a four-star General/Officer who acts as the Principal Military Advisor to the Defence Minister on all tri-services (Army, Navy and Indian Air Force) matters.
* The CDS will be the single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister on matters involving all three services and the service chiefs will be obliged to confine their counsel to issues pertaining to their respective services.
Source : Mint