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RAISING DAY OF MILITARY ENGINEER SERVICES (MES)

RAISING DAY OF MILITARY ENGINEER SERVICES (MES)

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The Military Engineer Services (MES) is an inter-service organisation with military and civilian components of its officers and subordinate staff. It was established on 26 September 1924. It provides rear line engineering support to the Armed Forces.

About MES:

  • It is one of the oldest and largest government defence infrastructure-development agencies in India.
  • Construction work is done with contracts and maintenance is done by departmentally employed labour (DEL) and contracts.
  • It is primarily employed in engineering and construction for the Indian Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, the DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board.
  • It is also involved in complex projects, including hospitals, airfields, buildings, workshops, wharves, roads, runways, hangars, dockyards, and other marine structures.
  • It has been entrusted with the construction of the Indian National War Memorial.
  • Indian Army Corps of Engineers officers form the MES' military component.
  • Its civilian component includes the Indian Defence Service Engineers (IDSE) and the Indian Defence Contract Management Service (IDCMS).
  • The architect, surveyor, and barrack/stores cadres are selected through the Indian Engineering Services and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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