Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, announced that India will now have a post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for the three armed forces. He said this would integrate the operations of the three forces, the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.
The PM said that our armed forces were the pride of the country. He said with changing times, the way of fighting a war has also changed and to address that, there is the need to sharpen the coordination among the forces.
“India is not the only target of terrorism in the region. Countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have also been affected,” said the PM. “This is going to make the forces even more effective,” PM Modi said.
This is PM Modi’s first Independence Day speech after the he led the NDA to a massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections to retain power for a second consecutive term. His speech saw him equal former BJP Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s record of six I-Day speeches.
After delivering his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at the Red Fort.