Aid to Civil Authorities


The Corps has always emerged glorious when called upon to aid civil authorities in an emergency or national calamity. The recovery of Island Express coaches from Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala, aid during All India Postal Strike, repairing bio-medical and life saving equipment and appliances held by civil hospitals in the war-ravaged Jaffna peninsula (Sri Lanka), resulted in wide appreciation and gratitude. During the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Brigadier ML Garg, a retired EME officer rendered yeoman service with utter disregard for his own life, for which he was awarded Kirti Chakra and Lt Col Gurcharan Singh Khanuja, VSM and his team saved many precious lives by evacuating them from the gas contaminated area. Due to this rescue operation, he is suffering from severe disability including total loss of vision ‘Pigmentary Retinal Dystrophy’ and ‘Bronchial Asthama’. These are only a few of the exceptionally fine examples of the dedication of the men of the Corps of EME towards the nation.

After retirement, EME officers and technicians with their rich experience and skills, continue to play an important role in the industrial development of the nation. Amongst the EME officers working in PSUs and R&D laboratories, Shri SP Wahi (ONGC) and Shri SN Bhaskar and late Shri DS Vohra (Artificial Limb Centre) have done the Corps proud. Lieutenant General C Sundara Rao, PVSM has been one of the drivers of the Agni and Prithvi programmes.