Chief of Defence Staff to come under RTI Act

Chief of Defence Staff to come under RTI Act

Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Shripad Naik on Monday said in the Rajya Sabha that the Chief of Defence Staff will come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005.

In the Independence Day address this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the creation of Chief of Defence Staff, who will be above the chiefs of the three services, a long-pending demand to integrate the services.

The government is likely making an announcement within the next two weeks to appoint the CDS who will be the single-point military adviser to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999, sources said.

The Union Minister said that the Implementation Committee has submitted its report in the matter.

The Committee was constituted to determine & finalise the exact responsibilities of the said post which also includes the framework & all other issues involved to ensure smooth operationalization of the Chief of Defence Staff.

The Chief of Defence Staff will act as the single-point military adviser to the government on military and strategic issues and oversee procurement, training and logistics.

As part of the military reforms, several committees have recommended the creation of the post.

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