CDS Bipin Rawat to attend key meet on Jan 17

General Bipin Rawat will attend his first Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting in his new role as the Chief of Defence Staff on January 17, a senior government officer said on Monday.

Rawat took over as India’s first CDS on December 31.

The DAC, headed by the defence minister, is India’s top defence procurement body that evaluates and green lights acquisition proposals made by the armed forces.

Other members of the council are the minister of state for defence, the three service chiefs, the defence secretary, secretary defence research and development, secretary defence production and director general, acquisition.

As Chief of Defence Staff, Rawat holds the charge of permanent chairman, chiefs of staff committee — a panel consisting of the three service chiefs. Read more

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