What is the News?
Defence Minister has approved revised Scales of Accommodation 2022 (SoA) for Defence Services.
What is Scales of Accommodation(SoA)?
The Scales of Accommodation(SoA) defines the authorization for construction facilities for operational, functional, training, administrative, living and recreation facilities for the Defence Services.
These scales are applicable for all three Defence Services and the Indian Coast Guard.
The previous SoA was approved by the Government of India in 2009.
However, there was a need for a revised SoA due to the induction of new units, technological facilities, requirements of operational readiness, increased threat perception and concept of sustainable development.
What does SoA 2022 contain?
SoA 2022 would be a tremendous improvement in built facilities/infrastructure and specifications commensurate with contemporary requirements.
It emphasizes on optimisation of Defence land usage by using multi-storeyed construction and austerity measures by combining common facilities.
Amenities in all public buildings for persons with disabilities have also been introduced and gender commonality in all specifications has been ensured.
Source: The post is based on the article “Defence Minister approves Enhanced Scales of Accommodation – 2022 for the Armed Forces” published in PIB on 12th May 2022.