Indian Army Service Corps
|Indian Army Service Corps|
The Indian Army Service Corps Flag
|Allegiance||1760-1947: British Empire
|Regimental Centre||Bangalore, Karnataka|
|Motto||SEVA ASMAKAM DHARMA|
|Anniversaries||December 8 (Corps Raising Day)|
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
Indian Army Service Corps is a corps and an arm of the Indian Army, which handles its logistic support function. While the history of supply and transport services is as old as the history of organized warfare itself it was in 1760 that the very rudimentary supply and transport organizations of the three presidencies of the East India Company were brought under the council of a single authority. The corps celebrated 251 years of its raising on 8 December 2011.
The origin of the corps go back to 1760 when a Commissariat used to exist in the administrative component of the armies three Presidencies of Bengal, Madras and Bombay. In 1878 the separate Commissariats were amalgamated into a single entity and then in 1901 it was renamed as the Supply and Transport Corps. During the First World War the corps became a permanent component of the British Indian Army and was renamed as the Indian Army Service Corps in 1923. In 1935 the corps was allowed to use the prefix 'Royal' and was known as Royal Indian Army Service Corps.
After India gained independence in 1947, the corps underwent further expansion and by 1948 Indian Catering Corps and Indian Army Corps of Clerks were amalgamated into the corps. The Food Testing Laboratories were also placed under the control of RIASC. On December 8, 1950 after India became a republic the corps dropped the use of the prefix 'Royal' and was hence renamed as 'Army Service Corps' and since that day the corps has celebrated its Raising Day on December 8. On December 8, 1967 the first colours of the ASC were presented by President Zakir Hussain.
The ASC is mainly responsible for the provisioning, procurement and distribution of Supplies, FOL, Fuels, Hygiene Chemicals and items of Hospital Comforts to Army, Air Force and when required for Navy and other para military forces. The operation of Mechanical Transport except first line transport and fighting vehicles and the provision and operation of first and second line Animal Transport is also the responsibility of the ASC. The other responsibilities include carriage and distribution of ammunition including mines, forward of the Corps Maintenance Area in the field in case of plains, and forward of Divisional Maintenance Area in case of mountain formation, packing of commodities for supply, loading of aircraft and ejection of loads, training and provisioning of clerks for all branches of staff at formation headquarters and the training and provisioning of catering staff in the army. This Corps is a versatile one designed for the role with wide parameters for multifarious activities of immediate concern to the troops. The Corps also handle postal services in forward areas.
|The Indian Army Service Corps.|