The Defence Ministry will now have joint secretaries wearing military uniforms as a proposal has gone to the government for appointing three Major General-rank officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force to look after the bureaucratic work related to their respective forces.
The newly-created Department of Military Affairs (DMA) under Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat is also working hard to give a presentation on the working of the services to the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting starting February 17.
“The proposal for appointment of the three joint secretaries of the DMA including Major General Narayanan, Rear Admiral RK Dhir and Air Vice Marshal SK Jha have been sent to the government for final approval,” Defence Ministry sources told ANI.
Sources said that the DMA has also sent a proposal for appointment of Lieutenant General rank officers for appointment as Additional Secretaries there.
The CDS also has Indian Administrative Services officers including Rajiv Singh Thakur and Shantanu working in the DMA, along with other civilian staff, from the Armed Forces Headquarters cadre who man important positions in there.
The CDS has also divided the work between the civilian and military joint secretaries in a manner where the IAS officers are handling the work mostly related to where they have to deal with other ministries and civilian departments.