The Government of India has appointed Lieutenant General (Re) Anil Chauhan as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He will also serve as the Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, Government of India. The Ministry of Defence has given this information. Lieutenant General (R) Anil Chauhan has also been the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command of the Army. He also has a long experience of 40 years.
During Lt Gen Anil Chauhan's tenure as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, there was a significant reduction in militancy in the Northeast region, which resulted in a reduction in the deployment of the army in several northeastern states. General Anil Chauhan retired in May last year.
As DGMO General Chauhan was the main architect of Operation Sunrise, under which the Indian and Myanmar Army carried out an extensive campaign against the militants near the borders of both countries, in which India was also successful in this campaign. General Chauhan has served in many important positions in the army, along with he has also been a military observer in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Angola.
Lt Gen Chauhan has been awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal. The post was vacant after the death of General Bipin Rawat. Jaralal Vipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash on 1 December 2021 in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. General Rawat was the country's first Chief of Defence Staff. In this helicopter accident, 14 army personnel including General Bipin Rawat's wife Madhulika Rawat were killed.