- Military Engineer Services
- Basic Organisational Structure
- List of Rules and Regulation Being Followed by MES
- Combat Engineer Directorate
- Works Directorate
- Personnel Directorate
- Coordination and Personnel Directorate
- Map Directorate
- ESP (Engineer Stores Procurement) Directorate
MILITARY ENGINEER SERVICES
The Military Engineer Services (MES), which was raised in 1923, is one of the pillars of Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army which provides rear line engineering support to the Armed Forces. It is one of largest construction and maintenance agencies in India. It has a large number of units and sub units spread across the entire country to provide engineering support to various formations of Army, Air Force, Navy, Ordinance Factories, KV Sangathan, Border Road Organisation and DRDO. MES is a military organisation but has both Army and Civilian component of officers and other subordinate staff. While execution of all construction works is through contracts, execution of all maintenance services are both through contracts as well as departmentally employed labour (DEL).
The role of MES is dual i.e. to render both engineering advice and also to execute the works .The Military Engineering Services are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of all works, buildings, airfields, dock installations, etc. along with necessary services such as military roads, bulk water and electricity supply, drainage, refrigeration and furniture, required by the Army, Navy and Air Force in India. The MES functions under the overall control of the Engineer-in-Chief, who is the adviser to the Ministry of Defence and the three Services on operational and peace time construction engineering. Engineer-in-Chief of MES is assisted by six Command Chief Engineers which further oversee 31 Zonal Chief Engineers and each zone is further divided into CWE’s and independent GEs.
MES is structured to design works which are executed through contracts under the supervision of officers and staff consisting of both civilians and combatants from the Corps of Engineers. It has an integral multi-disciplinary team of architects, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, structural designers, quantity surveyors and contract specialists for planning, designing and supervision of works. All human resource issues such as recruitment, training, posting and promotions in respect of the officers and the subordinate staff are dealt through different HQs under the guidelines of Engineer-in-Chief’s Branch / Army HQ as stipulated in government directives.
Its work programme covers, besides conventional buildings, hospitals, sophisticated and complex laboratories and workshops, high rise buildings, air fields and hangars, dockyards, wharves, slipways and other marine works. It also deals with all the multifarious associated requirements such as air-conditioning, cold storage, electric and water supply, sewage treatment and so on. Most important of all, the facilities, assets and infrastructure created are maintained in a serviceable state and, in some cases, operated too, by the MES.
BASIC ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
LIST OF RULES AND REGULATION BEING FOLLOWED BY MES
- Defence Works Procedure 2007.
- Regulations of MES (R MES) 1968.
- E-in-C’s Standing Orders.
- Manual of Contract 2007.
- Scales of Accommodation 2009.
- Scales of Furniture.
- IAFW-2249 (General Conditions on Contract)
- Standard Schedule of Rates (SSR) Part I & II.
- Policy directives from Ministry of Defence.
- E-in-C’s Technical Instructions (Specific subject issued from time to time).
COMBAT ENGINEER DIRECTORATE
- All engineer aspects of General Staff policy on operational planning, intelligence and logistic planning.
- Allocation, employment and location of engineer units including TA engineer units.
- Provisioning policy and allocation of engineer equipment and stores.
- Engineer assistance in and to civil power in conjunction with IHQ of MoD.
- Organization of engineer units and establishments excluding Survey and MES (Military engineer services) units.
- Technical training of engineer units and personnel including planning of Post Graduate training.
- Aspects of engineer training to civilians, foreign personnel, personnel of other arms and services and of the Navy and the Air Force at the engineer training establishments.
- Publication of engineer technical information.
- Liaison with outside institutions on engineer matters.
- Introduction of new equipment and user aspects of the development of equipment.
- Assist in formulation of policy and doctrines of camouflage and deception.
- Assist in formulation of policies, organisation and training for NBC (Nuclear Biological & Chemical) warfare and identification and induction of NBC equipment.
- Responsible to the E-in-C for the technical planning, control, execution and coordination of all work services for the three Defence Services, Coast Guard, Ordnance Factories, R&D establishments, DGQA establishments and other organisations under the MoD. In addition, certain works funded by MEA as part of military diplomatic initiatives are also planned, executed and monitored.
- Responsible to settle all irregularities and issues including audit objections in the management of work budget.
- Responsible for work policies and procedures including the organisation and sanction of establishment of MES.
- Responsible for specialised design for the Defence Works and advice all the three Services, Coast Guard and other agencies on their work services.
- Responsible to plan and ensure provision of utilities services in the Defence Works undertaken by the E-in-C’s Branch.
- Responsible for surveying of the Defence Work, management of contractors/ venders and dispute resolution.
- Responsible for cantonment planning and architectural aspects of all the schemes and projects undertaken in E-in-C’s Branch.
- Monitor Court cases pertaining to WorksDirectorate.
- Improve technological threshold of infrastructure support.
- Automation of E-in-C’s Branch and MES formations.
- Directorate General Personnel of E-in-C’s Branch deals with all personnel matters in respect of MES Civilians personnel except training, vigilance and discipline.
- Overall manpower planning including recruitment through UPSC in case of officers and through other agencies likes employment exchanges in case of subordinate staff.
- Cadre management including posting and transfers.
- Departmental Promotion Committees (DPC) with the help of UPSC and the MoD.
- Dealing with Court cases.
- Issue of policy letters on all personnel matters.
- Petitions and grievances.
- Management of MES Civilian establishment, postings, promotions, deputations, selection for all appointments, petitions and appeals, training etc of Group A and B Civilian officers.
- Management of service rules and recruitment rules for all civilian officers and subordinates cadres of the MES, CME and engineer training centres.
COORDINATION AND PERSONNEL DIRECTORATE
- Management of information system, maintenance of dossiers and service records of the MES civilian officers of the Corps of Engineers.
- Establishment matters of E-in-C’s Branch.
- All statutory complaints/petition and legal matters pertaining to service personnel.
- Manpower planning and recruitment demands for JCOs and OR.
- Processing of discipline and vigilance cases of MES.
- Planning and monitoring works training and its budget.
- Election of Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Engineers.
- Internal administration and coordination of E-in-C’s Branch.
- Planning, execution and monitoring of married accommodation projects for all three services.
ESP (ENGINEER STORES PROCUREMENT) DIRECTORATE
- Stores policy and procedures in respect of engineer stores of engineer origin.
- Planning, provisioning holding and issue of engineer plants and machinery of engineer origin and Spares to units including MES.
- Progress procurement and provisioning of plants and stores with MoD and other ministries like industries and Railways to ensure proper logistic support for defence works and combat preparedness.
- Management of Engineer Stores Depots.
- Disposal of surplus engineer stores, plants and machinery.
- Regularisation of losses and irregularities and audit objections in respect of all stores, except unprofitable expenditure due to abandonment of projects and deal with matters connected with draft audit paras and PAC questions on stores and regularization of losses in engineer units.
- Formulation of Army Plan as relevant to corps of engineers.
- Assist Command and Zonal Chief Engineers in their procurements through DGS&D.
- Manage engineer stores budget including T&P and vehicles.
- Coordinate repair of Engineer equipment by Army Base Workshops EME.
- Management of relevant foreign exchange.