Indian Defence Estates Service
|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, |
|Cadre Controlling Authority|
Defence Land Management
Managing court cases related to defence land
|189 members (2016)|
|Directorate General of Defence Estates(India)|
Deepa Bajwa, IDES
|Head of the Civil Services|
The Indian Defence Estates Service (abbreviated as IDES) (
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
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.