India appoints Anil Chauhan as new chief of defence staff-Xinhua

India appoints Anil Chauhan as new chief of defence staff

Source: Xinhua| 2022-09-29 14:48:30|Editor: huaxia

NEW DELHI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- India has appointed Anil Chauhan as the new chief of defence staff (CDS), who shall also function as secretary to the Indian government's Department of Military Affairs.

He will soon assume the charge of his new posting, said an official on Thursday.

Chauhan will be the country's second CDS after Bipin Rawat, who died in an air crash around 10 months ago. Since then, the post had been lying vacant.

Chauhan was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1981 and retired in May 2021 as the officer commanding-in-chief of the Eastern Army Command.

In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Chauhan had held several command, staff and instrumental appointments, and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations, said an official statement issued by the Ministry of Defence.