The Rural Development and
Panchayath Raj (RDPR) department is a major department functioning for the Rural
population. The department is implementing various schemes for the
of Rural Infrastructure.
of Rural Roads
of the major responsibilities of the Department is in the realm of
implementing the provisions of the Karnataka Panchayath Raj Act, 1993 to
achieve democratic decentralization in the governance of the State's rural
areas. The Department coordinates the process of the establishment of
Panchayath Raj Institutions under the above legislation and monitors their
functioning in order to ensure that Panchayath Raj Institutions in the
State function as viable and vibrant institutions of Local Self Government.
3 tier structure of Panchayath Raj Institutions
27 Zilla Panchayaths
Panchayath is a three - tier Panchayath raj system with elected bodies at
the Grama, Taluka and District levels constituted as per the 73rd amendment
to the constitution for greater participation of the people and more
effective implementation of rural development programs (and to function as
units of local self government). The Zilla Panchayaths were constituted as
per the provisions of The Karnataka Panchayath Raj Act, 1993. The Zilla
panchayath structure and activities are categorised into two important
elements as listed below
The Political Structure - Dharwad Zilla Panchayath is
an elected body constituted of the following members
22 Members are
elected from geographically demarcated constituencies from within the rural
2 Members of
Parliament of the district .
Members of State
Legislative Assembly and State Legeslative Council for the district.
The Adyaksha of five
Taluk Panchayaths of the district.
Adhyaksha and Upadhyaksha : are elected from the directly
elected members of the Zilla Pachayath.
Standing Committee :To facilitate greater discussion
in the functioning of zilla panchayat, 5 standing committees have been
formed. Each standing committee consists of zilla panchayath members not
exceeding seven in number including the chairman, who are elected by the
zilla panchayath from among the elected members.
Term of Office : The term of office for Adhyaksha,
Upadhyaksha and Standing committee is 20 months. The term of elected
members is 5years.
II. The Administration - OFFICIAL STRUCTURE
For smooth functioning & administration of the zilla
panchayath office , an officer designated "Chief Executive
Officer" is appointed by the state government to carry out
administration of Zilla Panchayath. Chief Executive Officer is designated
head of department for all the department offices within the Zilla
panchayath. He is assisted in the discharge of his duties by Senior
Officers in the Zilla Panchayath.
Chief Planning Officer.
The work of Zilla
Panchayath can be divided into following sections
1. DEVELOPMENT SECTION
3. PLANNING SECTION
4. ACCOUNTS SECTION
5. COUNCIL SECTION
1.Development Section: Headed by
Deputy Secretary, This section is concerned with execution of all rural
development schemes, water supply schemes, Minor irrigation works, road
works and other developmental works.
2.Administration Section: Headed
by Deputy Secretary, This section is concerned with the establishment
issues and general administration of all the departments of zilla
3.Planning Section: Headed by
Chief Planning Officer, This section looks after formulation of Draft
Annual Plan, formulation of action plan for different development schemes
& monitoring & evaluation of schemes.
4.Accounts Section: Headed by
Chief Accounts Officer, This section is responsible for receipts and
releases of funds regarding all departments and various development
schemes. Also this section is involved in taking up audit of all the
departments coming under zilla panchayath.
5.Council Section: Headed
by Deputy Secretary, This section is concerned with recording the
deliberations of zilla panchayath and various standing committees, it also
follows up on various decisions taken therein & other issues regarding
the zilla panchayath members.
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