The Defence Ministry has dismissed five officers of the Military Engineering Services (MES) as a punishment giving them compulsory retirement. According to the sources, the main cause behind the punishment was their poor performance.

The officers said that on Tuesday their order for removal was issued and it was approved by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

As per laid down guidelines the officers were being given three months’ salary and also post-retirement benefits as assistant engineers but in an internal performance audit, their performances proved to be ‘poor’.

The internal committee scrutinized the performance of around 500 officers and the decision was taken based on the report. The officials had either crossed 55 years of age or completed 30 years of service.

The ministry had previously fired 13 officers of the Ordnance Factory Board in 2017 after they found their performance to be weak in a review of the employees’ performance.

The MES is a premier construction agency which provides engineering and infrastructure support to the Indian Army. It is one of largest construction and maintenance agencies in India with a total annual budget to the tune of approximately Rs. 13,000 crores.

As per report sources, the government may continue the decision of removing “unsatisfactory performance”


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