India to have chief of defence staff: Minister

India will soon have a chief of defence staff to evaluate the requirements of the armed forces on merits, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said Monday.

IANS| Last Updated: Feb 16, 2015, 23:40 PM IST

Bengaluru: India will soon have a chief of defence staff to evaluate the requirements of the armed forces on merits, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said Monday.

"The chief of defence staff will be a permanent post with a fixed tenure. Though the chief will be selected from the services, he will be impartial to all the three services - army, navy and air force," Singh told reporters on the margins of an Aero India seminar here.

As the three services have agreed to the creation of the chief of defence staff, the union government will seek a consensus opinion of political parties to constitute the post with specific terms.

"The chief of defence staff will have an overall perspective and will assess the needs of all the three services dispassionately to utilise the funds as per their present and future requirements," Singh added.

The three-day international seminar "Aerospace Vision: 2050" is being held as part of the 10th edition of the five-day Aero India 2015 on the Indian Air Force base at Yelahanka on the city`s outskirts from Wednesday.