New Delhi, January 1: General Bipin Rawat took charge as the Chief of Defence Staff today. Congratulating him was our Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wished him luck on his new journey. In a series of tweet, Modi praised Rawat by saying 'He is an outstanding officer who has served India with great zeal."

He said, "As the first CDS takes charge, I pay homage to all those who have served and laid down their lives for our nation. I recall the valiant personnel who fought in Kargil, after which many discussions on reforming our military began, leading to today’s historic development." General Bipin Rawat Takes Charge As India’s First Chief of Defence Staff, Take a Glimpse of His New Look in CDS Uniform.

Check PM Modi's tweets:

Modi had made the announcement of the role of CDS on 15th August 2019, from the ramparts of the Red Fort. "This institution carries tremendous responsibility for modernising our military forces. It would also reflect the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians," he added. CDS General Bipin Rawat Says 'We Stay Far Away From Politics' While Refuting Allegations That He is Politically Inclined.

Another tweet By PM:

The Prime Minister in his tweet further mentioned that the creation of the Department of Military Affairs with requisite military expertise and institutionalisation of the post of CDS was a momentous and comprehensive reform that will help India to face the ever-changing challenges of modern warfare.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jan 01, 2020 12:04 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website