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The appointment of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a crucial step towards achieving seamless coordination in higher defence management. Deliberate.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

1. The appointment of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a crucial step towards achieving seamless coordination in higher defence management. Deliberate. (250 words)

Indian Express

Why this question:

The outgoing Army chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, was recently appointed as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a day before he was to step down on superannuation.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the significance of CDS and in what way it can prove to be a great leap forward step.

Directive:

Deliberate – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define first who is a CDS.

Body:

The question is straight forward and there isn’t much to deliberate upon.

Explain the merits of the decision and creation of the post.

The decision to appoint a CDS is a huge step towards achieving seamless coordination and greater effectiveness in higher defence management structures by creating an enabling architecture that permits fuller expression on the part of our professional armed forces.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance of the post.