‘Far from politics’: CDS Gen Rawat refutes allegations of political inclination, promises to bring synergy among services •

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New Delhi |News Desk: Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) will bring in synergy, enhance integration among the three services, and do better resource management, said General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday. General Rawat has been appointed as the first CDS of the country.

“As per the task given to the chief of defense staff we have to enhance integration and do better resource management. We have to achieve more synergy and integration. This is the motive,” the CDS said as reported by ANI.

Further explaining details of the CDS’ role, General Rawat said, as quoted by ANI “All the three services will work as a team. The CDS will control them but the work will be done through teamwork. The CDS will not be running any force as per its instructions.”

“We will see how we can integrate our systems so that services can work in a coordinated manner,” he said.

Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) General Bipin Rawat: All the three services will work as a team. As per the task given to the Chief of Defence Staff we have to enhance integration and do better resource management. pic.twitter.com/QjuIxuGRHD

— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2020

“Chief of the Defence Staff is all about synergy where effort is to achieve more than the sum of the whole. Sum of synergistic application of three services is not for 1+1+1=3 but sum to be five or seven,” the Army’s Twitter handle quoted him as saying.

“Chief of the Defence Staff #CDS is all about #Synergy where effort is to achieve more than the sum of the whole. Sum of synergistic application of three Services is not for 1+1+1=3 but sum to be 5 or 7.”

-General Bipin Rawat#CDS
At Tri-Services Guard of Honour
01 January 2020 pic.twitter.com/mWF83IlbIV

— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 1, 2020

General Bipin Rawat also refuted allegations about him being politically inclined and asserted that the services work on government directions.

“We stay far away from politics, very far. We have to work according to the directions of the government in power,” General Rawat said during a media interaction when his reaction was sought on allegations about his political inclination.

Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) General Bipin Rawat on allegations that he is politically inclined: We stay far away from politics, very far. We have to work according to the directions of the Government in power pic.twitter.com/CYQnp3C9o6

— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2020

On December 26, then Army Chief General Rawat had said that leading masses and crowds to carry out arson and violence in cities and towns is not leadership, in a reference to the countrywide anti-CAA protests. “Leaders are not those who lead people in an inappropriate direction,” he had said.

Several leaders across the political spectrum had taken exceptions to his statement and condemned the then Army chief’s remark.

Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) General Bipin Rawat with Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Navy Chief Karambir Singh and other senior officers pic.twitter.com/kHcEAnzkLB

— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2020

Earlier, he paid tributes to martyrs at the National War Memorial, received Guard of Honour and met Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Navy Chief Karambir Singh.