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Border Roads Engineering Services

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The Border Roads Engineering Service (IAST: Seema Sadak Abhiyantriki Seva), often abbreviated to B.R.E.S., or simply BRES is a prestigious Group 'A' central service[1] recruited through the Engineering services examination[2] of the Union Public Service Commission. The officers of this service are responsible for administering the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering organisation of the Border Roads Organization. BRES is a Uniformed Engineering Service which is responsible for Engineering Developmental and administrative works under Border Roads Organization. Currently BRO is working in 14 States including one U.T. Andaman & Nicobar[3]. BRO is entrusted for construction of Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, Causeways, Helipads and Airfields along with Maintenance of stated Structures.

History[edit]

In 1960, an urgent need for a single executive body for road development in the remote North and North Eastern Regions of the country was strongly felt. Thus on 29 March 1960[4], the Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) as an inter- ministerial body with the status of a department was set up, under the Chairmanship of the then Prime Minister, Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, to co-ordinate an economically viable plan for expeditious execution of roads and other development Projects, aimed primarily at enhancing the Defense potential of the country and at the same time accelerating the socio-economic development of the North and North Eastern Border States. Thus, Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) came into existence in March 1960 and the Force named General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) was raised on 16 Jun 1960. The Director General Border Roads (DGBR) is the field arm of the Border Roads Development Board (BRDB). Consequently Border Roads Engineering Services created on 1977 to provide Technical Experts in the field of Road/Bridge/Tunnel/Airfield Engineering.

Recruitment and Training[edit]

The recruitment to the BRES is done through the Indian Engineering Services examination. The selected candidates of Civil and Mechanical Engineering put on initial 2 year probation and undergo one year of Young officers Training Module conducted with various Engineering establishments. Recently many changes in training modules have been introduced to increase knowledge of officers and introduce them to challenges in the field of Engineering. The training of BRES officers is done at College of Military Engineering, Kirkee Pune, Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) Noida and Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.[5]

Role and function[edit]

The Civil engineering cadre is considered main arm of Border Roads Organization. They are providing their expertise to Indian Armed Forces and to State Governments for almost all developmental works in border states. During Natural calamity and disasters these officers along with Mechanical Engineering officers reinstall Road connectivity and communication within few hours of incidents.When other agencies took years time to Launching and Construction of Bridges, these officers do same work in few days.

The training of BRES officers is done at College of Military Engineering, Kirkee Pune, Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) Noida and Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.[6]

The Civil engineering cadre is considered main arm of Border Roads Organization. They are providing their expertise to Indian Armed Forces and to State Governments for almost all developmental works in border states. During Natural calamity and disasters these officers along with Mechanical Engineering officers reinstall Road connectivity and communication within few hours of incidents.When other agencies took years time to Launching and Construction of Bridges, these officers do same work in few days.

From Himalayan Range to Desert of Rajasthan, from Rain forest of North east to Andaman Nicobar, India changes extraordinarily while connectivity remain nightmare for others, Border Roads Engineering Service comes with handy solutions and practical ground expertise. These officers are also responsible for maintenance of all fixed assets of Border States, i.e. Bridges, Roads, Tunnels, Airport etc.

Their role and responsibility varies with time-

During Peace

1.  To Develop & Maintain the Operational Road Infrastructure of General Staff (GS) in the Border Areas.

2.  To Contribute to the Socio-Economic Development of the Border States.

During War

1.  To Develop & Maintain Roads to Keep Line of Control through in Original Sectors and Re-deployed Sectors.

2.  To Execute Additional Engineering Tasks (Civilian) as laid down by the Govt Contributing to the War Effort.[7] Generally an BRES officer is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Career Progression[edit]

Pay structure of Border Roads Engineering Services[8]
Insignia Grade/level on pay

matrix

Position in the state

government(s)

Basic salary

(monthly)

Service required

for Promotion

HAG scale(pay level 15) Additional Director

General Border Roads

₹182200-

224100

Total 25 years of

Service

Senior administrative

grade (pay level 14)

Chief Engineer Border

Roads

₹144200-

218200

Total 17 years of

Service

Selection grade (pay

level 13)

Superintending Engineer

Border Roads

₹123100-

215900

Total 13 years of

Service

Junior administrative

grade (pay level 12)

Executive Engineer

(NFSG)

₹78,800-

209200

Total 9 years of

Service

Senior time scale (pay

level 11)

Executive Engineer ₹67,700-

208700

Total 4 years of

Service

Junior Time Scale (pay

level 10)

Assistant Executive

Engineer

₹56,100-

175500

Direct Recruitment

by UPSC

Ranks and insignia[edit]

Border  Roads  Engineering  Service  is  Uniformed Service.  The  Rank  structure  of  BRES  is  based  on Indian  Air  force  and Indian  Navy  Though  the  standard uniform  color  is  Khaki  similar  to Indian  Police Service (IPS) Officers.  BRES  is  perfectly  blend  of  civil and  military  powers  in  domain  of  development  which none other service can provide. The  Border  Roads  Engineering  Service  (BRES) officers  are  govern  by  Central  Civil  Services  (CCS/ CCA)  Rules,  1965.  They  also  subjected  to  few provisions  of  The  Army  Act,  1950  and  Army  Rules, 1954 for disciplinary purpose only.

Facilities and Perks[edit]

The  Border  Roads  Organization  comes  under  Ministry  of  Defense.  General  Reserve  Engineering Force  is  considered  as  integral  part of armed forces of India and authorized for all benefits which are applicable to Armed Forces of India. BRES officers  are  entitled  for  Special  Compensatory Remote  Location  Allowances (SCRLA),  Special  Duty  Allowance  (SDA),  High Altitude  Allowances(HAA),  School  Bus  for  Children,  Outfit  Allowance[9] along  with  all  other  allowances  such  as  HRA,  TA,  DA, CCA.  The  BRES  officers  also  entitled  for  free  fully  furnished  Accommodation and  Regular  Ration  as  applicable  to  Armed  Forces  of India.  They  are  eligible  for  priority  in  booking  and  concession  in  Flights  Tickets  as  offered  to  Armed  Forces.  They  also  exempted from  Toll  taxes  while  travelling  on  highway  in  private  vehicle  as  they  are  part  of  Armed  forces  and  remain  24  hours  in  duty  even during vacation. As  some  provisions  of  Army  act  and  Army  rule  applicable  to  members  of  BRES  than  they  can  not  be  held  arrested  by  local  police and  need  to  be  handed  over  to  local  army  authorities  within  24  Hours.  This  provision  provides  a  great  level  of  independence  and freedom to member of BRES while rendering services. The senior official of BRES carry official flags and stars as applicable to senior IPS officers on their official vehicle. After  5  year  of  regular  service  BRES  officers  are  eligible  for  Study  leave  and  Deputation[10].  Lot  of  opportunities  are  available  to BRES officers after their retirement as their experience is most valued by many Private and Government Organization.

Future[edit]

Border  Roads  Engineering  Service  provide  a  unique  opportunity  to  work  for  betterment  of  people  of  far  flunged  area  of  India.  As recently  China  have  developed  sophisticated  Infrastructure  along  the  border  area  of  India.  Indian  Govt.  now  focusing  more  on infrastructure  development  in  border  area[11].  Lot  of  reforms  also  infused  in  Border  Roads  organization  like  more  Delegation powers[12]  to Members of BRES, increase of budget along with implementation of various demands of members of BRES.

See Also[edit]

Border Roads Organization

Trans-Arunachal Highway

Mago-Thingbu to Vijaynagar Border Road

Atal Tunnel Project

References[edit]

  1. "e-Gazette Engineering Services" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Engineering Services Examination 2019" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "States in which BRO working". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Management Concerns in BRO". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Young Officers Training Module" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Young Officers Training Module" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Role and Responsibility BRO". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Recruitment Rules Border Roads Engineering Services" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Outfit Allowance as Applicable to IPS and Defense Forces" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Deputation in line with DOPT Guidelines" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "China frontier work: Border Roads Organisation gets more powers". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "More Powers to BRO". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

http://www.bro.gov.in

http://www.paogref.nic.in/

http://www.pcdabr.gov.in/


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