'Service Chiefs United on COSC Chairman Issue'

Published: 05th October 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th October 2014 09:01 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: IAF Chief Arup Raha has said the proposal to appoint to a permanent Chairman for the Chiefs of Staff Committee had been agreed upon by all the three Service Chiefs. “There is confluence in our thinking and in our approach for the appointment of the permanent Chairman of COSC. I am sure the government will take a quick decision because there are no contradictory views as far as the armed forces are concerned,” Raha said. “We are hopeful that something will come out soon,” he added. The  process to appoint a permanent Chairman of the COSC had gathered momentum last year during the erstwhile UPA Government, when at the Combined Commanders’ Conference on November 22, then Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne announced before the PM that all three Services had agreed on the need for a permanent Chairman COSC, as an interim measure towards appointing a Chief of Defence Services. And the then PM Manmohan Singh also indicated that the government was also keen to establish the right structures for higher defence management. And the then Army Chief Bikram Singh had made a strong push for the post. 

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