Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
2) Appointment of a chief of defence staff (CDS), would constitute the most significant defence policy reform in decades for India. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question:
In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister announced the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff.
Key demand of the question:
Answer must evaluate the significance of such an appointment and in what way it can bring significant change in the Defence wings of the country.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Define who is a CDS – The CDS is a high military office that oversees and coordinates the working of the three Services.
Discuss about the CDS, roles and functions of such an office – CDS shall provide “effective leadership at the top level” to the three wings of the armed forces, and to help improve coordination among them.
It offers seamless tri-service views and single-point advice to the Executive (in India’s case, to the Prime Minister) on long-term defence planning and management, including manpower, equipment and strategy, and above all, “jointsmanship” in operations.
Explain in depth the case of having a CDS for the country.
Conclude with significance.