After Gen Bipin Rawat takes charge as CDS, PM Modi says institution reflects hopes of 1.3 bn Indians

Expressing his delight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated former Army chief Bipin Rawat on taking charge as India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). ​ PM Modi said the post reflects the hopes and aspirations of 130 crore Indians, adding that the institution of CDS carries the responsibility of modernising the Indian military. General Rawat, who demitted office on retirement as Chief of Indian Army on Tuesday received the guard of honour from all the three forces.

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