New Delhi: Army Chief General MM Naravane has assumed the charge as the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee that accommodates the 3 service chiefs, people acquainted with the development said on Wednesday.
The put-up fell vacant following the death of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat inside the IAF helicopter crash on December eight.
Gen Naravane has been given the charge because the chairman of the committee is the senior-most among the three service chiefs, the people mentioned above said.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari and Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar had taken over their respective positions on September 30 and November 30.
Before the introduction of the publishing of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the senior-most of some of the 3 provider chiefs was the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
The Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) met on Tuesday and condoled the dying of Gen Rawat, his spouse Madhulika, and eleven defense force personnel.
Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the crash, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday at a military hospital in Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Gen Naravane held a telephonic communication with Lt Gen Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mutair, the Commander of Royal Saudi Armed Forces.
The Army stated they mentioned issues of bilateral defense cooperation.