1. Military Engineer Services (MES) is celebrating its 94th MES Day on 26 Sep 2016. In 1923, on this day, the MES was created and brought under the unified control of Engineer-in-Chief by the then Honourable Secretary of State of India by amalgamating Royal Corps of Engineers Personnel and Civilian Staff.
2. MES is one of the oldest and largest Government infrastructure development agency with an annual budget of over Rs.15,000 crore. It provides round the clock engineering support to the Armed Forces enhancing their operational preparedness. Besides conventional buildings construction for the Armed Forces, MES is also involved in the execution of sophisticated and complex projects like airfields, runways, hangars, dockyards, wharves and other marine structures. With the focus on modernization of the Defence Services, MES has restructured itself for planning and execution of infrastructure development projects on Eastern and Northern Borders to meet the new challenges and demands of the Armed Forces.
3. In last one year, several initiatives have been taken by E-in-C's Branch to streamline the functioning of MES and increase productivity. Considerable progress has been made on the cases taken up with MoD for revision of DWP, facilitate Design and Build methodology for execution for works, etc. Approval of these cases would tremendously increase the capability of MES.
4. With rising aspiration of users, it is imperative that our executives not only ensure quality service in their stations but also proper utlisation of the funds. Several policies to this effect have been issued to enable GE(Maintenance) to focus on maintenance and increase accountability to the users. Implementation of these in letter and spirit would ensure satisfaction of users and enhance the image of MES.
5. MES being a leading construction agency of the country, has been in the forefront in taking initiatives for energy conservation and use of renewable energy. Road map for harnessing solar energy has been approved and several projects have also been approved in the annual works program of the three Services.
6. MES has been able to deliver quality engineering support to Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guardand other Government organisations by close, constant and intensive interaction with the users and administrative staff.
7. Lt Gen Sanjiv Talwar, AVSM, Engineer-in-Chief, congratulates all MES personnel on this momentous day and urges them to dedicate themselves to this great organisation to provide better services and contribute towards nation building.