Government appoints Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan as the new CDS of India.
The Government has decided to appoint Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan (Retired) as the next Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) who shall also function as Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Military Affairs. Post-retirement, Lt. Gen. Chauhan took over as the Military Advisor in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) from Lt. Gen. Vinod G. Khandare who stepped down from the post in October 2021. Gen. Bipin Rawat who had served as the 27th Army Chief from December 31, 2016, till December 31, 2019, took over as the first CDS on January 1, 2020. He, along with his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 12 others were killed in a chopper crash on December 08, 2021. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan had held several command, staff, and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East India.