New Delhi: The government on Monday said it has
prepared a draft common law applicable to all three defence
forces to ensure coordination in operations and functions and
its enactment was under the active consideration of the
In a statement laid on the table of Lok Sabha and Rajya
Sabha, Defence Minister A K Antony said the work on the common
law, to be called the Tri Service Act, had begun in 2002 and
the draft submitted to the Ministry after approval from the
Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) in August 2009.
The Tri Service Act was "under consideration in
consultation with the three services," Antony said on the
status of implementation of recommendations contained in the
Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Unified Command for
Armed Forces submitted to the Lok Sabha in February 2009.
With regard to the creation of a Chief of Defence Staff
(CDS), as recommended by the Kargil Review Committee (KRC),
the Minister said the proposal was "under examination", though
the institutional support and infrastructure had already been
created in the form of the Integrated Defence Staff
Headquarters to support the CDS, whenever created.
He said the case for finding consensus on appointment of
CDS, as suggested by the KRC, had been taken up with political
parties, but a number of them were yet to respond.
On setting up of Indian National Defence University, the
Minister said the draft cabinet note, after inter-ministerial
consultation, had been submitted for approval of competent
He also said that the process of internal review of
security threats and challenges and restructuring of the IDS
headquarters had been completed, and the case for external
review through a high-powered expert committee was under
examination and approval of COSC Chairman.