Date: 24 Sep 2015



 Lt Gen Jatinder Sikand, AVSM, VSM, ADC



Military Engineer Services (MES), one of the premier Government agencies is celebrating its 93rd MES Day on 26 Sep 2015. On this day in 1923, the MES was created and brought under the unified control of Engineer-in-Chief by the then Hon’ble Secretary of State of India by amalgamating Royal Corps of Engineers Personnel and Civilian Staff.

MES is the oldest and largest Government infrastructure development agency with an annual budget of over 12,000 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 largely involved in the construction of sophisticated and complex laboratories for various indigenous research projects, factories and workshops, high rise buildings, airfields, runways and hangars, dockyards, wharves, slipways and other marine structures, which contribute immensely towards the war effort by creation of operational infrastructure. With the expanding technological advancements, MES has kept abreast with the latest civil engineering trends and has been executing state of the art R&D and industrial facilities, Pre Engineered Buildings, complex mega hospital projects by developing in-house competency in design and consultancy facilities. With the focus on modernization plan 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. MES also plays a pivotal role in cantonment planning and provision of utility services.

MES, like any other dynamic organisation is in the process of transforming itself into a responsive, efficient and transparent construction agency by resorting to latest technology and trends in engineering and automating its functioning. Implementation of e-tendering and e-payment have been achieved.

Over a period of time, MES has been able to deliver quality engineering support to Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, DRDO, Ordnance Factories Board, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Border Roads Organisation by close, constant and intensive interaction with the users and administrative staff. MES also contributes significantly towards nation building, disaster mitigation and infrastructure development in friendly foreign countries.

Lt Gen Jatinder Sikand, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Engineer-in-Chief, felicitates all MES personnel on this momentous day, and exhorts them to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the Armed Forces and contribute significantly to the nation building.

Jai Hind