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Defence Ministry abolishes 9,304 military engineering services posts

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved abolition of 9,304 posts in army engineering services and products on Thursday.

Singh approved the proposal of engineer-in-chief of Military Engineering Services (MES) for optimisation of greater than 9,300 posts within the fundamental and commercial personnel.

"It is in line with the recommendations of the Committee of Experts, headed by Lieutenant General Shekatkar, which had recommended measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the Armed Forces," the Defence Ministry mentioned.

One of the recommendations made via the Committee used to be to restructure the civilian personnel in a manner that the work of MES might be partly carried out via departmentally hired staff and different work might be outsourced.

In line with the recommendations made via the Committee, in keeping with the proposal of engineer-in-chief, MES, the proposal of abolition of 9,304 posts in MES out of the entire 13,157 vacancies of the basic and commercial staff has been approved.

The advice used to be aimed at making MES an efficient organisation with a "leaner workforce, well equipped to handle complex issues in the emerging scenario in an efficient and cost effective manner".

Role of MES

Military Engineer Services is the premier construction agency and some of the pillars of Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army which gives rear line engineering beef up to the Armed Forces.

It is one in every of greatest construction and maintenance companies in India with a total annual budget of roughly Rs 13,000 crores.

It is liable for growing the strategic and the operational infrastructure rather than main roads, as additionally the executive habitat for all three Services and the related organisations of the Ministry of Defence.

It has a pan-India footprint to provide engineering beef up to various formations of the Army, Air Force, Navy and DRDO.

For this, the MES has over 600 stations unfold throughout the primary land and the island territories of India.

The MES is a military organisation but has each Army and Civilian component of officers and different subordinate staff.

The organization used to be created over 200 years in the past to execute each civil and military infrastructure.

In the 18th century, the development organisation used to be a part of the Army because the Public Works Department (PWD) manned via the Indian Corps of Engineers used to be created underneath the keep an eye on of a Military Board.

By 1851, the PWD got here underneath the civil keep an eye on but used to be liable for each civil and military works.

In 1881, The Military Works branch of PWD used to be segregated and transferred to the Military Department.

The Military Works Services headed via a Director General got here into being in 1889.

The "Army in India" Committee (1919-20) placed the Military Works underneath the Quarter Master General and the Sappers and Miners underneath the Chief of the General Staff.

The two engineering wings have been mixed underneath the Engineer-in- Chief. The MES used to be shaped in December 1923 with the Engineer-in- Chief because the Head.

Initially, it comprised of body of workers solely from Corps of Engineers, but later attained composite character via inducting civilians.

The MES functions underneath the entire keep an eye on of the Engineer-in- Chief, who is the marketing consultant to the Ministry of Defence and the three Services on operational and peace time construction actions.

The Military Engineering Services are liable for the design, construction and maintenance of all infrastructure belongings of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

It is structured to design works that are carried out thru contracts underneath the supervision of officers and staff consisting of each civilians and opponents from the Corps of Engineers. It has an integral multi-disciplinary staff of architects, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, structural designers, amount surveyors and contract consultants for planning, designing and supervision of works.

The civilian cadres is composed of four primary cadre that is Engineering, Surveyor cadre, Architect and BSO (all being qualified engineers) and an Administrative cadre.

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