Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has been named as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. General Rawat was due for retirement as Army Chief on December 31.

However, the government on Sunday, amended the Army rules to change the retirement age of tri-service chief and Chief of Defence Staff to 65 years.

General Rawat is the first officer to hold the post of the Chief of Defence Staff. The CDS will function as a single-point advisor to the government on matters related to the military and will focus on better synergy between the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.

General Rawat was appointed the Chief of Army Staff on December 31, 2016 and was to retire tomorrow. However, he will continue his service now as the Chief of Defence Staff.