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Defence Minister abolishes 9304 Posts in MES

Defence Minister abolishes 9304 Posts in MES

The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given approval to a proposal for abolishing 9,304 posts in the Military Engineering Service (MES) in line with the recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee.

Key Points:

  • The committee was headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd.) and consisted of 11 members, which recommended steps and measures to be taken to improve the combat potential and balance out the expenditure of the armed forces of the country.
  • The defence minister has abolished 9,304 posts in MES out of the total 13,157 vacancies of the basic and industrial staff.
  • One of the suggestions stressed on restructuring the civilian workforce in a form which will enable the departmentally employed staff to do the work of MES with other works being outsourced.
  • The recommendations have been given to make the MES an effective organization with a small workforce.
  • The workforce will be effectively equipped to handle complex and challenging issues in the emerging scenario in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • The Shekatkar Committee was appointed by the late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2016 with a broad mandate.
  • The suggestions included around 99 recommendations from optimizing the budget of the defence forces to the necessity of a Chief of the Defence Staff(CDS).
  • The first set of 65 recommendations have already been approved in August 2017, and if the rest are implemented in the next five years, it can help save up to Rs 25,000 crore in defence expenditure.

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