CDS appointment: The frontrunners as Modi govt races to appoint next Chief of Defence Staff

After the untimely demise of General Bipin Rawat in a Mi-17V5 chopper crash last week, the Modi government is working fast on appointing the new chief of defence staff (CDS). Defence minister Rajnath Singh indicated that achieving the target of jointness of the armed forces will be a top priority for the government. Singh said integration of the armed forces to enhance their effectiveness would progress seamlessly. As per key recommendation made by the 11-member Shekatkar panel, the govt should choose CDS from among the three service chiefs, Army chief MM Naravane became the senior-most military officer in the country after Rawat’s demise. Watch the full video for more.