Indian Defence Estates Service

Indian Defence Estates Service
Service Overview
Formerly known asDefence Lands and Cantonment Service (1983-1985)
Military Lands and Cantonment Service (1926-1983)
(As Military Lands and Cantonment Service)
Country India
Staff CollegeNational Institute of Defence Estates Management, New Delhi
Cadre Controlling AuthorityMinistry of Defence
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government service
DutiesCantonment Administration
Defence Land Management
Managing court cases related to defence land
Cadre Strength189 members (2016)[1]
SelectionUnion Public Service Commission's (UPSC) Civil Services Examination
Service Chief
Directorate General of Defence Estates(India)

Deepa Bajwa, IDES

Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet Secretary : Pradeep Kumar Sinha, IAS

The Indian Defence Estates Service (abbreviated as IDES) (Hindi: भारतीय रक्षा सम्पदा सेवा) 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.[2]

Organisation Structure

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.[3]

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[4] 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.[3]

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.[5] The Defence Estates Officers (DEOs) are responsible for management of Defence Lands.[6][7] Both CEOs and DEOs are IDES officers.[8]

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