After independence, the Ministry of Defence was created under the charge of a Cabinet Minister and each Service was placed under its own Commander-in-Chief. In 1955, the Commanders-in-Chief were renamed as the Chief of the Army Staff, the Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Air Staff. In November 1962, the Department of Defence Production was set up to deal with research, development, and production of defense equipment. In November 1965, the Department of Defence Supplies was created for the planning and execution of schemes for import substitution of defense requirements. These two Departments were later merged to form the Department of Defence Production and Supplies. In 2004, the name of the Department of Defence Production and Supplies was changed to the Department of Defence Production. In 1980, the Department of Defence Research and Development was created. In 2004, the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare was created.
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