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Organisation and Duties
 

1.      ASC is primarily responsible for provisioning, procurement and distribution of supplies, transport, Fuel Oils And Lubricants (FOL), hygiene chemicals and miscellaneous items to Army, Air Force and where required to Navy and other Para Military forces. The operation of mechanical transport except first line transport and the provision and operation of animal transport is also one of the major responsibilities of the ASC. The directorate general of supplies and transport, which is the apex organisation of ASC, is a major nodal point for army budget expenditure. The provisioning and training of clerks and catering staff for whole army are also the responsibilities of ASC.

2.      Organisation.     With the sole objective of national security, Indian Army has various supporting functions. The organisation structure of the Indian Army, with relation to presence of ASC, is depicted in the following picture:



3.      Sections within ASC.     ASC has following main sections at Army Head Quarters (Supplies and Transport Directorate), formation Head Quarters ( Supplies and Transport Branch) and Supplies and Transport units. The list provided below is for broad understanding of vendors about various sections of ASC, and not a comprehensive list of roles and responsibilities:-

 

Section

AHQ/ FMN HQS

Unit

ST-1

Perspective planning for overall operations of ASC and implementation of policies as directed by Ministry of Defence etc.

General planning at the unit, scheduling duties, board of officers, training etc.

ST-1 (System)

At Army Head Quarters only. - responsible for IT enabling of ASC.

N.A.

ST-2

Personnel management – Officers

Management of Officers

ST-3

Provisioning, procurement and distribution planning and implementation control of certain ration stores for centrally purchased stocks.

N.A.

ST-4

Forecasting and budgeting for centrally purchased stocks, and provisioning, procurement, and distribution planning and implementation control of certain ration stores for centrally purchased stocks.

Stock management of ration items for coal, dry and tinned items etc.

ST-5

Policies and procedures for contract conclusion for certain items., It also analyses feedbacks from units on supply. Monitoring of quality.

Stock management of ration for perishable items etc.

ST-6

Revision of ration scales and allowance etc., Introduction of new items, fixing free and payment issue rates of centrally procured items, etc.

N.A.

ST-7

Analysis of food samples received from vendor/ supply depots.

N.A.

ST-8

Technical/ hygiene inspection of vendor’s site.

N.A

ST-9

Forecasting and review of budgets for FOL, provisioning, monitoring of stocks and disposal of FOL products.

Stock management of FOL and LPG.

ST-10

Provisioning, monitoring of Stocks and disposal of FOL packing material Stock. Monitoring disposal of other used/ waste from FOL.

Management of FOL packing material.

ST-11

All mechanical and animal transport management and hiring of civil transport.

Coordination & management of vehicles (MT) and animals (AT) in the unit.

ST-12

Personnel management – personnel below officer rank and civilian employees.

Management of combatants (Personnel Below Officer Ranks)

ST-17A

Accounting at Army Head Quarters for ASC funds.

N.A.

ST-17B

Budget management.

N.A.

ST-26

Arbitration case monitoring and control.

N.A.

Accounts

N.A.

All types of fund management.

Q Branch

N.A.

Management of all types of stores available and the administrative functions at the unit level.

Directorate General of Supplies and Transport

Director General of Supplies and Transport

  • Provisioning and issue of supplies, forage, fuel, Fuel Oil and Lubes (FOL) and hygiene chemicals for the Army and to certain extent for the Air Force, Navy and Para Military units.
  • Liaison with the Ministries of Food and Civil Supplies, Agriculture, Industry and Petroleum and Natural Gas for procurement of various items of supplies and FOL.
  • To ensure that food stuff fit in all respects and free from health hazards are procured and supplied to the troops as rations.
  • Provision for the Army of all general purpose transport, mechanical as well as animal, other than the transport integral to the various units.
  • Control, operation, technical functioning and general administration of supplies including Composite Food Laboratories( CFLs), FOL, Mechanical Transport, Animal Transport and Air Maintenance/dispatch units.
  • Formulation, monitoring and control ASC budget and monitoring of settlement of audit objections and draft audit paras.
  • Planning for war and mobilisation plans for all types of Army Services Corps (ASC) units.
  • He would have the discretion to allot additional duties to any officer including Additional Director General’s Supplies and Transport/other ranks of this directorate general and effect changes in appointments at any time depending on the workload, aptitude and capability of the individuals for better functional efficiency.

Additional Director General of Supplies and Transport (Fuel and Transport)

  • Control of ST-9/10 and ST-11 sections.
  • Provisioning and stocking of Fuel Oil Lubes and hygiene chemical items.
  • Exercise control over demand, distribution and expenditure of budget heads being dealt by ST-9/10 sections.

Additional Director General of Supplies and Transport (Supply Management)

  • Control sections ST-3, ST-4, ST-5, ST-6, ST-7, ST-8, arbitration cell, and coal cell, Kolkata.
  • Responsible for the provisioning, procurement and budgeting of centrally procured items.
  • Forecasting and monitoring of budget pertaining to supplies.
  • Framing of ASC specifications and policy matters relating to contracts and ration scales.

Additional Director General of Supplies and Transport (Coordination Planning & Personnel Management)

  • Control of ST-1 (planning), ST-1 (system/MISA), ST-2 (Coord), ST-17(B) and ST-12 sections.
  • Advise/apprise/recommend to the Director General Supplies and Transport on matters related to:-
    • Evolving of ASC doctrine.
    • Serious shortages of major equipment in ASC units.
    • Improvements required in military & technical training in ASC units and establishments.
    • Key Location Plan (KLP) of ASC units.
  • Carry out Annual Technical Training Evaluation of ASC Centre (N) Gaya.
  • Organisation and planning of ASC units during peace and war.

Deputy Director General Supplies and Transport (Budget & Coord)

  • Control of ST-1 (System). ST-2 (Coord), ST-17(A) (ASC funds) & ST-17 (B) (Budget) sections and lay down policy guidelines.
  • All work connected with the corps re-unions.
  • Publication of Corps orders and Technical instructions.
  • Management of ASC association activities.
  • Planning and organizing of DGSTs sports trophy championship.
  • Compilation, collation, submission, monitoring of budget projections at each stage through ADG ST (CP&PM).

Deputy Director General Supplies and Transport (Perspective Personnel Planning & Operational Logistics)

  • Control of ST-1 (Planning) and ST-12 sections.
  • Advise/apprise/recommend to ADG ST (CP &PM) on matters related to:-
    • Evolving ASC doctrine.
    • Key Location Plan (KLP) of ASC units.
  • Liaise with Ministry of Defence, Operational logistics, General Service/Staff Duties, manpower planning and other branch/organisation at appropriate level for cases relating to ST-1(planning) and ST-12 section when required.
  • To ensure that ASC units are suitably authorised equipment for the operational roles.
  • Supervision of revision of ASC pamphlets.
  • Representing/complaints of ASC Junior Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks and civilians relating to service matters excluding vigilance aspects.
  • Advisor to DGST on all matters concerning personnel of ASC through ADG ST (CP&PM).

Deputy Director General Supplies and Transport (Fuel and Transport)

  • Control of ST-9/10 and ST-11 sections and to lay down policy guidelines for smooth functioning of these sections.
  • Provisioning and stocking of Fuel Oil and Lubes and hygiene chemical items.
  • Exercise control over demand, distribution and expenditure of budget heads being dealt by ST-9/10 sections.

Deputy Director General Supplies and Transport (Food Inspection)

  • Control and administration of ST-7 & 8 sections.
  • Policy and procedure of food inspection.
  • Supervision and technical control of all Composite Food Laboratories (CFLs) /Food Inspection Units.

ST-1 (Planning)

  • War and peace organisation policy of ASC units.
  • Coordinate and plan an operational matter including raising, re-organising, disbandment, move and permanent location of ASC units.
  • Provision, distribution, monitoring and utilization of technical training grant for ASC.

ST-1 (System)

  • Spearhead the ASC in various information technologies (IT) related forums.
  • To work out budgetary requirements for all related projects including procurement of new hardware, upgrades, application software, maintenance and communication, forward the forecast to ADG (IS) for allotment out of Information Technologies (IT) grant.

ST-2 (Coord)

  • General coordination within the directorate viz. financial matters, question arising out of Parliamentary Action Committee reports, appropriation of accounts and audit reports defence services, parliament questions, and financial powers.
  • Revision of ASC publications and the General Services publications pertaining to ASC.
  • Directorate General’s coord and administration, postings, promotions, transfer, resignations and discipline of civil staff.
  • Publication of corps order Part-I and technical instructions.
  • Control and monitor the functioning of Central ASC Officers Mess.

ST-3

  • Provisioning policy for centrally procured tinned/dehydrated items viz milk tinned, milk powder, vegetable tinned/dehydrated, onion dehydrated, potato dehydrated, fruit tinned/dried, jam tinned, raisin brown, egg powder, fish tinned/meat tinned, desi ghee, butter tinned, cheese tinned and nutramul.
  • Provisioning/monitoring of Advance Winter Stocking (AWS)/Advance Monsoon Stocking (AMS).
  • Policy and provisioning on issue of rations to Indian contingent proceeding abroad, expeditions and exercises.

ST-4

  • Forecast and budget under heads 110a (a), (b), (d) and 105F (Civil Hired Transport) and 105B (Rail) (move of stores by rail) in respect of central procured items.
  • Control over expenditure on centrally procured articles.
  • Indenting, stocking, distribution and disposal of wheat and wheat products, rice, dals, sugar, tea, coffee, edible oils, officers ration, animal rations, hospital comforts, for Army, Navy and Air Force.

ST-5

  • Formulate policies and procedures regarding conclusion of contract with civil contractors registered with ASC and state/central government undertakings for fresh supplies.
  • Proposing amendments with regard to contract procedures and associated clauses.
  • Formulate policy and procedure regarding local purchase of fresh items of ASC supplies.

ST-6

  • Formulate policy and revision of rations for officers, troops, Prisoners of Wars/hostile suspects and animals.
  • Laying down scales of hospital diets and extra ration including medical comforts.
  • Liaison with other two services on matters regarding ration scales.
  • Issue of amendments to Schedule of Ration Scale and Special Army Instructions pertaining to ration scales.
  • Budget, allotment of funds under different heads of budget controlled by ST-6 and monitoring the expenditure/projection of additional requirement to ST-17 (B).
  • Issue of free and payment issue rates of centrally purchase ASC articles.

ST-7

  • Policy and procedure relating to food inspection.
  • Progressing and maintenance of ASC specifications of centrally purchased foodstuffs including packing and trials.

ST-8

  • Organization, policy, administration, accommodation and establishment of Composite Food Laboratories and Food Inspection Units.
  • All personal matters relating to civilian technical staff of Food Inspection Organisation.
  • Coordination of recruitment, posting, transfer of technical officers of Food Inspection Organisation.

ST-9

  • Provisioning, procurement, holding, storage, disposal, turnover and quality control of Fuel Oil and lubes, main grades, lubes, greases and oils.
  • Formulating policies, including technical instructions and correspondence related to oils, lubes and FOL main grades.
  • Forecasting and review of budget requirement for procurement including Local Purchase of oils, lubes and FOL main grades.

ST-10


  • Provisioning, procurement, holding, storage, disposal turnover and quality control of hygiene chemicals.
  • Management, provisioning, procurement and distribution/disposal of FOL containers including War Maintenance Reserves (WMR) containers.

ST-11

  • Administration and functional aspects of ASC Battalions. Animal Transport/ Mechanical Transport units.
  • Policy regarding hired transport, processing of hired transport contracts, which come under financial powers of the Quarter Master General (QMG)/government.
  • Matters relating to requisitioning of civil transport under DIR rules during emergency as well as hiring of civil transport, when required.

ST-17 (Budget)

  • ST-17 (Budget) has the responsibility of formulation and monitoring of ASC budget.

ST-17 (Funds)

  • Control of ASC fund (General), ASC messes and bands fund, ASC reunion fund, ASC journal fund and ASC benevolent fund.

ST-26 (Arbitration/Legal Cell)

  • Disposal of all legal cases relating to ASC (supplies) contracts involving arbitration.
  • Giving advice in consultation with ministry of defence, ministry of law on court/arbitration cases and appeals relating to arbitration in contracts.
  • Appointing of arbitrators in respect of ASC contracts sanctioned by the Quarter Master General (QMG) based on recommendations of Command Head Quarters.
  • 80. Issue of policy letters in accordance with the latest court judgments/ rulings on arbitration matters.

PIO DETAILS : ST DTE

Name : Lt Col Sanjay Dilwaria
Designation : ST-2(Coord) and PIO ST Dte
Contact No : 35305

LIST OF CORPS ORDER


S/No

Corps Order No

Subject

1997

 

02/97

Initiation of ACRs JCOs/NCOs

 

03/97

Posting Turnover of ASC pers serving with E 22 (I) Para (Bde/50 (i) Para Bde (Admit to Corps Order 5/95)

 

04/97

SOP for procurement of spl lubricants and Greases for newly introduced eqpts

 

05/97

Dress Offrs/JCOs/OR (Admit No 2) special insignia AD Badge

 

06/97

Posting to HQ IMTRAT Corps order Part-I No 5/95 amdt No 4

 

07/97

Loss due to dry age in aspect of bagged supply

 

08/97

Monitoring of posting Pas and Clk (GD/SD) Corps order No 5/95 (Amdt No 07)

 

09/97

Detection of urea soda and added sugar in Milk with a view of detect adulteration of Milk with synthetic Milk

 

10/97

Sample packing at Supply Depot : Food stuff (Tect Instrs 2/97)

 

11/97

SOP in raisign of Book Debit by ASC unit against Min of Home Affairs (MHA) in respect of expenditure incurred on JAKLI Bn

 

12/97

Re-designated ASC Flag of Mast

 

13/97

Local purchase of Hyg chem items

 

14/97

Grouping of units under Col Comdt (Amdt No 1)

 

15/97

Preparation progress and employment of Railway claims (Tech INstrs 4/97)

1998

 

01/98

Promotion Ris Maj/Sub Maj of ASC

 

02/98

Mini composite pack and survival Ration

 

03/98

Standing operating procedure (SOP on monitoring and control of Budget expenditure on minor head 110A : ASC stores (local purchase)

 

04/98

Selection procedure of personnel for posting to HQ IMTRAT

 

05/98

Operation of Grinding of wheat into Atta contract

 

06/98

SOP for defending/monitoring court cases and implementation of court judgment passed against the interest of Union of India

1999

 

01/99

Posting of personnel to HQ Special frontier forces (E&L No 22) special force (G VI/CAS)

 

02/99

Use of LPG with Army, Procurement -2 and maint (Tech Instrs 1/99)

 

03/99

Sampling procedure LKO

 

04/99

Provn for posting of Dvr (MT) for school Buses

 

05/99

Appointment of Tech committee

 

06/99

SOP on procurement insp sampling

 

08/99

Posting of unverified Rects to Fd units (Amdt to Corps Pt-I 5/95)

 

09/99

Measures to counter loss of classified Mtrl during transit

2000

 

01/2000

SOP on issue of ASC articles and modified sys and direct booking to the existing BD unit within and out side MOD

1997

 

01/2000

SOP on issue of ASC articles and modified sys and direct booking to the existing BS Units within and out side MOD

 

02/2000

Amdt to para 6 (a) under clause educational qualification of Corps order Part-I No 11/94

 

03/2000

Local purchase of hygiene chemical items amdt of Corps order Part-I No 13/97 Tech Instr 03/97

 

05/2000

Conduct of ASC Coy Cdr course with distance edn pgme (DEP) ASC

 

06/2000

Standard operating procedure for direct enrolment of meritorious sportsman in the rank of Hav in the Army

 

07/2000

Monitory Intensive award scheme technical and academic qualifications by JCOs/OR of the ASC

 

08/2000

Benefits from welfare corpuses :ACWF

 

09/2000

Conduct of promotion examination for promotion from Nb Sub to Sub

 

10/2000

BLANK

 

11/2000

Monitoring of contract

 

12/2000

Equestrian sports policy in ASC

 

13/2000

Col Comdt ASC Selection duties and privileges

 

14/2000

Dress : Band and sports kits track suits

 

15/2000

Amdt to para 3 under fee structure for the ward of ASC personnel in Jawahar Lal Nehru Engineering College, Aurangabad and MGM Engineering College Nanded ( Special Corps Order Part-I No 01/897)

2001

 

01/2001

Grouping of units under Col Comdt (Amdt No 3)

 

02/2001

Responsibilities of function of CFL (Tech Instrs)

 

03/2001

BLANK

 

04/2001

Col Comdt : Duties addendum

 

05/2001

Reservation of seats for the wards of ASC personnel to Jawahar Lal Nehru Engineering Aurangabad

 

06/2001

Incentive award to outstanding sportsmen

2003

 

01/2003

Grouping of units under Col Comdt

 

02/2003

Selection procedure of personnel for posting to IMTRAT

 

03/2003

Col Comdt ASC Selection duties and privilege

2004

 

01/2004

Posting/turnover of pers serving with 622 Coy ASC (Comp)

 

02/2004

Grouping of units under colonel Comdt

 

02/2004

Promotion Risaldar Maj /Subadar Maj of ASC

 

04/2004

Appt of Tech committee for evatutationg the proficiency of ASC Offr for authoring them to declare food staff/fit/unfit for defence personal consumption

 

05/2004

Policy ASC Personal Mangement

 

06/2004

Initiation of ACRS JCO/NCOs

 

07/2004

Promotion Risaldar Maj/Sub Maj of ASC

2005

 

01/2005

Posting/Tenure of civ scientific pers of food insp org

 

02/2005

Initiation and review of ACR JCO/NCOs

2006

 

02/2006

DGST Tech Instr No 01/2006 (Conduct of Two weeks repressive cadre for JCOs)

 

03/2006

DGST Tech Instr No 02/2006 (Tech Insp Factories (Food Staff)

 

04/2006

DGST Tech Instr No 03/2006 (Accountability of service heads)

2008

 

01/2008

Grouping of units under Col Comdt (Maj Gen Anil Malhotra)

 

02/2008

Selection procedure of personnel for foreign postings (ST-12)

 

03/2008

Appointment of Sr Col Comdt ASC

 

04/2008

Tech Instrs No 01/2008 Issuance of speaking order : Court cases (ST-12 sec)

 

05/2008

Amdt No 2 to Corps order Part No 03/2006 on Tech Insp factories (Food stuff) Tech Instr No 02/2006) SOP

 

06/2008

Tech Instrs No 02/2008 ACR JCOs/NCOs

2009

 

01/2009

Amdt Tech Instr No 01/05 (Food Insp org)

 

02/2009

ASC Committee

 

03/2009

Tech Instr No 01/2009 : Sanitization and standardization of Lab procedure

 

04/2009

Appt of Tech committee for evaluating the Tech proficiency of ASC Offrs

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS(SPECIAL CORPS ORDER) PERTAINING
TO FUNCTIONALITY OF ASC

 

S/No

Special Corps Order

Subject

1

2/S/72

Annual Departmental Report –ASC Units

2

1/S/86

ASC Funds.

3

2/S/86

Standing Instr for DGST’s Tour

4

3/s/86

ASC Fund (General)

5

4/S/86

ASC Benevolent Fund

6

2/S/88

ASC Funds

7

2/S/89

ASC Fund (General)

8

3/S/89

ASC Benevolent Fund

9

4/S/89

ASC Funds Rules.

10

5/S/89

ASC Fund (General)

11

6/S/89

ASC Benevolent Fund

12

1/S/90

Sahasabuddhe 89-90

13

2/S/90

Standing Instr for DGST’s Tour

14

3/S/90

Reservation of Seat for the words of ASC

15

4/S/91

Order of the Day Lt Gen Gorakh Nath, PVSM,AVSM,ADC

16

7/S/91

Grants for Sportsmen Participating

17

8/S/91

ASC Funds Rules

18

9/S/91

ASC Funds (General)

19

10/S/91

ASC Benevolent Fund

20

02/S/93

Amdt to Annexure I to Appx ‘A’ to Annual

21

03/S/93

Amdt to Annexure I to Appx ‘A’ to Annual

22

04/S/93

Award of Corps Cert Blazes-92-93

23

07/S/93

Order of the Day Lt Gen NS Bhatnagar ,AVSM

24

08/S/93

Order of the Day –Lt Gen Kishan Bhatia

25

09/S/93

Appt of Col Comdt of ASC

26

10/S/93

Award of Corps Crest Blazer

27

11/S/93

Appt of Comdt of ASC

28

12/S/93

ASC Fund (General), ASC Mess , Band

29

13/S/93

ASC Benevolent Fund

30

14/S/93

ASC Fund Roles (Amdt No-5)

31

01/S/94

Standing Instr of DDGST Tour

32

03/S/94

ASC Funds Rules (Amdt No-06)

33

04/S/94

ASC Fund (General, ASC Mess)

34

05/S/94

ASC Benevolent Fund

35

06/S/94

Award of Corps Crest Blazer

36

09/S/94

Order of the Day Lt Gen Kishan Bhatia

37

10/S/94

Order of the Day

38

11/S/94

Assumption of Appt : DGST& Sr Col Comdt

39

01/S/95

ASC Fund Rules (Amdt No-7)

40

02/S/95

Standing Instr For DGST’s Tour

41

03/S/95

Award of Corps Crest Blazer

42

06/S/95

ASC Fund (General)

43

07/S/95

ASC Benevolent Fund

44

08/S/95

Standing Instr for DGST’s Tour

45

01/S/96

ASC Fund Rules (Amdt No-8)

46

01/S/97

Reservation of Seat for the Words of ASC

47

02/S/97

ASC Fund (General), Messes, and Bands

48

03/S/97

ASC Benevolent Fund

49

07/S/97

ASC Fund (General) Mess and Band

50

08/S/97

ASC Benevolent Fund

51

01/S/98

Supplies, Fuel, Oils and Lubs Mgt in ASC

52

02/S/98

ASC Funds (General), Messes/Bands.

53

03/S/98

ASC Benevolent Fund

54

04/S/98

Selection Procedure of Pers –IMPTRAT

55

01/S/99

Award of Corps Crest Blazer

56

02/S/99

Incentive Cash Award to outstanding

57

03/S/99

Sahasbuddhe Award 97-98

58

04/S/99

Mementos Award for Achieving Tech

59

05/S/99

Reservation of Seats For the Words of ASC

60

06/S/99

Amdt in Annual Deptl Instr Report Form

61

07/S/99

Reservation of Seats for the words

62

09/S/99

ASC Funds (General), Messes and Bands

63

10/S/99

ASC Benevolent Fund

64

01/S/2000

Amdt to Part I to Annual Deptl Report

65

02/S/2000

ASC Fund (General), Messes and Band

66

03/S/2000

ASC Benevolent Fund

67

04/S/2000

Amdt to Para 17 of Corps Orders -5/95

68

05/S/2000

Assumption of Appt of DGST & Sr Col Comdt

69

01/S/2001

Amdt to Para 28 of Appx ‘C’

70

05/S/2001

ASC Fund (General), Messes/ Bands

71

06/S/2001

ASC Benevolent Fund

72

02/S/2003

ASC Fund (General) Messes, Bands

73

07/S/2003

ASC Fund (General) Messes, Bands

74

09/S/2003

Award of Corps Crest Blazer 2002

75

01/S/2004

Award of Corps Crest Blazer -2003

75

01/S/2004

Award of Corps Crest Blazer -2003

76

01/S/2004

ASC Funds (General) Mess, Bands

77

05/S/2004

ASC Benevolent Fund

78

02/S/2005

Reservation of Seats for the Words of ASC

79

03/S/2005

ASC Fund (General) Messes, Bands

80

05/S/2005

Award of Corps Crest Blazers

81

06/S/2005

Monetary Awards for Achieving Tech

82

07/S/2005

Amdt in Corps Order 6/S/97- ASC Funds

83

01/S/2006

Responsibilities and Functions of CFL, FIU

84

02/S/2006

Award of Corps Crest Blazer Monetary Award

85

03/S/2006

Reservation of Seats for the Wards of ASC

86

04/s/2006

ASC Fund (General) Messes, Bands

87

05/S/2006

ASC Benevolent Fund

88

01/S/2007

Amdt No – to Corps Orders No -03/2006

89

02/S/2007

Amdt in Corps Order 6/S/07 and 2/S/2005

90

03/S/2007

Sahasshbuddhe Award-2006

91

04/S/2007

Monetary Award for Achieving Tech and

92

05/S/2007

Award of Corps Crest, Blazer

93

06/S/2007

Amdt to Spl Corps Order- 6/S/97, 7/S/2005

94

07/S/2007

ASC Fund (General) Messes, Band

95

08/S/2007

ASC Welfare fund (Benevolent)

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