|Formerly known as||Defence Lands and Cantonment Service (1983-1985) |
Military Lands and Cantonment Service (1926-1983)
(As Military Lands and Cantonment Service)
|Staff College||National Institute of Defence Estates Management, New Delhi|
|Cadre Controlling Authority||Ministry of Defence|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government service|
Defence Land Management
Managing court cases related to defence land
|Cadre Strength||189 members (2016)|
|Selection||Union Public Service Commission's (UPSC) Civil Services Examination|
|Directorate General of Defence Estates(India)
Deepa Bajwa, IDES
|Head of the Civil Services|
|Cabinet Secretary : Rajiv Gauba, IAS|
The Indian Defence Estates Service (abbreviated as IDES) (Hindi: ?) is Civil Service in the Government of India. Its Cadre Controlling Authority (CCA) is the Ministry of Defence. Civil Services Examination conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission provides a gateway for entry into this service. The Service traces its origin to 16 December 1926 and has been constantly evolving since then. The service was initially known as the Military Lands and Cantonment Service (1926-1983), and then Defence Lands and Cantonment Service (1983-1985). In 1985, it was renamed as the Indian Defence Estates Service. The service is governed by the Indian Defence Estates Service (Group A) Rules, 2013, where 75% intake is by direct recruitment and 25% by promotion.
The officers manning the Directorate General are members of the IDES. The Director General of Defence Estates is the highest-ranking officer of the service, who also heads the Directorate General, located at Raksha Sampada Bhawan in Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi. Under DGDE are 5 officers, 4 of which are Additional Director General (ADG) of Defence Estates and one Senior Additional Director General (SADG) of Defence Estates. The ADGs are in-charge of their respective divisions i.e. Cantonments & Co-ord., Acquisition and Hiring, Administration, and Lands. All the ADGs belong to Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) while the SADG belongs to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) is an autonomous body directly reporting to DGDE. It is headed by a Director who also belongs to SAG. The Ministry of Defence is provided advice on matters related to Defence Lands and Cantonments by DGDE. The Cantonments Act, 2006, its rules and regulations etc. are implemented under supervision of DGDE. The land and building requirement of Ministry of Defence is fulfilled by the Directorate General through acquisitions, requisition or hiring.
The next level in organisation structure includes the 6 Directorates as regional headquarters. They supervise the field offices coming under their jurisdiction. The 6 Directorates, are co-located with the 6 Indian Army Commands i.e. Northern Command at Jammu, Central Command at Lucknow, Western Command at Chandigarh, Eastern Command at Kolkata, and the Southwestern Command established in 2006 at Jaipur. Principal Directors (PDs) head the respective Commands. PDs are Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) officers.
In the field, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) head 62 Cantonment Boards, and Defence Estates Officers (DEOs) head 37 Defence Estates Circles and 4 Assistant Defence Estates Offices. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is overall incharge of all the matters related to administration of Cantonments as provided by Cantonments Act, 2006. The Defence Estates Officers (DEOs) are responsible for management of Defence Lands. Both CEOs and DEOs are IDES officers.
Recruitment to the Indian Defence Estates Service is done through an extremely competitive examination called the "Civil Services Examination", organised by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The number of vacancies vary every year. Every year Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, elucidates the number of vacancies after consulting the cadre controlling authority i.e. Ministry of Defence.
National Institute of Defence Estates Management is located in New Delhi, on Ulan Batar Road near Domestic Airport in Delhi Cantonment. It is an apex institution providing training to future IDES officers. It Also, it imparts training to lower staff through various courses spanning through entire year. NIDEM is headed by a Director, who is an SAG level officer. Presently the post is held by Mr. C. Ravindra who took over the charge from Mr. Harish Prasad. The Director of NIDEM is assisted in his functioning by a Joint Director, who is an JAG level officer. Presently, the post is held by Mr. Puspendra Singh. NIDEM is an autonomous body directly reporting to the Director General of Defence Estates.
After being selected in the UPSC exam, candidates undergo training at National Institute of Defence Estates Management at New Delhi. Recently the Probationers of 2015 Batch were sent to Institute of Secretarial Training and Management for a week long course.
|Serial number||Post in Directorate||Post in Directorate General||Time Scale||Pay Band||Grade Pay|
|01||---||Director General||Secretary level post||80000/- (fixed)||---|
|02||Principal Director||Senior Additional Director General||Higher Administrative Grade||67000-79000||---|
|03||Director||Additional Director General||Senior Administrative Grade||37400-67000||10000|
|04||Joint Director||Deputy Director General||Junior Administrative Grade (Selection)||37400-67000||8700|
|05||Joint Director||Deputy Director General||Junior Administrative Grade (Ordinary)||37400-67000||7600|
|06||Deputy Director||Assistant Director General||Senior Time scale||15600-39100||6600|
|07||Assistant Director||Deputy Assistant Director General||Junior Time Scale||15600-39100||5400|
Archival Unit and Resource Centre is the latest addition to the IT based facilities used by DGDE. It is based on cutting edge technology, meant to aid the process of record retrieval and preservation, digitisation of records, publishing survey reports etc. Old records pertaining to Cantonment Board meeting, Survey of Defence lands etc. are sent to AU&RC for being preserved. It is a 5-stage process that helps in keeping records even more than 150 years old in good condition. Currently, AU&RC is functioning at an efficiency of 200 pages a day, which is commendable. It is worth mentioning that the entire staff is manned by re-employed persons. AU&RC is directly supervised by DGDE.