While addressing India on its 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a major announcement said that India would finally have a tri-Service military chief or a chief of defence staff (CDS).
Addressing the nation on Independence Day. Watch. https://t.co/V6cCfmRPRx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2019
PM Modi’s announcement comes after two decades of the Kargil war.
The CDS will act as a one-point reference for the Prime Minister in all security matters, especially military.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will be the country’s fourth four-star general after the Army, Navy and IAF chiefs.
The PM said that with changing times, the way of fighting a war has also changed and there is the need to sharpen the coordination among the forces.
“Our forces are India’s pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort. India will have a Chief of Defence Staff – CDS. This is going to make the Armed forces even more effective,” PM Modi said in his 93-minute speech from the Red Fort.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi finishes his speech with the chants of “Jai Hind, Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai.”
In his address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, PM Modi expressed confidence that India will become a $5 trillion economy in the next five years from around $3 trillion now.
Hailing the decision to abolish Triple Talaq, PM Modi said, his government took steps to help Muslim women stop living in fear and removed the practice of triple talaq.
“If we can take steps against ‘Sati’ custom, female foeticide and dowry, then why not against instant triple talaq,” said Modi in his sixth straight Independence Day speech.
“The fear of triple talaq kept haunting Muslim women in our country, which is why we took the step to criminalise instant talaq,” PM Modi said in his Independence speech.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Bill, 2019, which criminalises instant ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims and attracts a jail term of three years for the husband came into force on August 1.