He added he will recommend the mechanism in the next "2-3 months", noting it is important to move away from the thinking of "we" and "they" between the Defence Ministry and the three Services.

"Integration has to be there and Chief of Defence Staff is a must. How do you work it out? Give me some time and I will work it out because the three forces' integration does not exist in the present structure," Parrikar urged.

He was asked if the government is in favour of a CDS and if a Major General can ever be appointed as a Joint Secretary in the Defence Ministry.

Giving an example of a situation where a helicopter is needed, the Minister said the protocol for the air force and army for the same is different.

"I am not criticising but force integration and requirement integration as well as overlapping will save us money. With overlapping, number of items will be reduced," he explained.

Parrikar said it has to be recommended with very clear aspects and how to do it. "More or less, in the next 2-3 months, my recommendation will get to the right place," he replied when asked about a time-line.

Minister made it clear that he will be recommending a mechanism for creation of the post of CDS and that the final decision will be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security.

At present, India has a Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee which Parrikar described as "virtually a figure head".

He said CDS should be able to have discussion with all three Services and be able to work out specific requirements and needs.

Former Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh also said that as Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, he had only a six-month tenure.

The post of CDS should have fixed tenure and the government should be "sensitive" to "sensitivities" of the army, he added.

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