Administration in Pathankot
Pathankot became a separate district on 27th July, 2011. Prior to that date, the area we now call Pathankot district was being administered from Gurudaspur town. However, when the district gained an independent status administrative set up shifted from Gurudaspur to Pathankot city. It is now the seat of District Controller and all kind of administrative work is done from here.
Administrative set up in PathankotTo be more precise, the administration in Pathankot in Punjab is carried on through four distinct channels. However before we go into that, let us first note that for administrative purpose, the district has been divided into two subdivisions, namely Pathankot and Dhar Kalan. On top that, the district has two sub-tehsils called Naraut Jaimal Singh and Bamial. The number of revenue villages in the district is 421.
As for the different branches that look after the administration of the district, they are as follows:
- Office of the Deputy Controller of Pathankot
- Office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Pathankot
- Municipal Corporation of Pathankot
- Judiciary in Pathankot
Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Pathankot
As in rest of India, the administrative head of Pathankot district is the Deputy Commissioner. He also acts as the District Collector and Deputy Magistrate for the district. He is the most powerful person in the district. The law of the land has conferred on him a very wide range of power so that he can deal with any kind of crisis that may arise anytime within his jurisdiction. In general a cadre from the Indian Administrative Service is selected for the job. However, in some cases officers from Punjab Administrative Service can also be promoted to the post.
Responsibilities as the District Magistrate:As we have already pointed out, the deputy Commissioner also acts as the District Magistrate and District Collector. As District Magistrate, he is the head of Criminal Administration in the district and the Police Force has been placed by law under his general guidance and control. In other words, although there is a separate police department under the aegis of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Pathankot, ultimate responsible for maintenance of law and order within the district lies with the District Magistrate. Moreover, he also has some quasi judicial power.
Some other responsibilities of the Deputy Commissioner:Apart from maintaining law and order, following are some other duties of the Deputy Commissioner:
- As District Collector, it is his duty to collect revenues and other governmental dues from the residents within his jurisdiction.
- He also has to deal with natural calamities such as untimely rain, draught, floods fire etc. Incidentally, Pathankot is very much prone to flash floods.
- He also has to control and supervise the work of Registration of Deeds
- Under Special Marriage Act, 1954, he has to function as Marriage Officer
- Under Cinematography Act, he has to act as the Licensing Authority in the district
Offices under Deputy CommissionerThe Deputy Commissioner is assisted by a number of officers under his control. Foremost among them are the offices of the Additional Deputy Commissioners. They assist the Deputy Commissioner in his day to day activities. Other than these, some other important posts under the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Pathankot are Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, Kanugos and Patwaris.
Contact Details of the Deputy Commissioner, PathankotThe office of the Deputy Commissioner is located on Mission Road in Pathankot. In case of emergency one can contact him at the following numbers:
Office Phone Number: 0186-222-0342
Mobile No: 9463318138
Police Force in Pathankot
As we have already said, the police force in Pathankot is headed by a Senior Superintendent of Police or SSP. He is assisted by a Deputy Superintendent of Police or DSP and a Superintendent of Police or SP. The office of the SSP is located at Saili Road. His email address is email@example.com
The mission of Pathankot Police is to protect life and property of residence and visitors alike. Moreover, the force works hard to enhance the quality of life people here. In case of any problem, one can contact the Police Control Room at Pathankot at 0186-234-5514/16/18.
Municipal Council in PathankotThe civic administration of Pathankot is looked after by a municipal council elected by the residents of the town. It is located on the Defense Road. Just as any other municipal corporations of India, its functions have been stipulated by the law of the land. Collection of civic taxes, supply of drinking water, looking after the health and sanitation of the residents, garbage cleaning, maintenance of roads, street lighting, running of primary schools, registration of birth and death etc are some of the functions of the municipal corporation of Pathankot.
Following are two of its important contact numbers. Citizens are requested to contact the authorities in case of emergency:
Municipal Committee: 0186-222-0204
Municipal Commissioner: 0186-222-0230
Courts in PathankotPathankot, being the headquarters of the district of Pathankot, is the seat of the District and Session Court operating under a District and Session Judge. There is also a District Legal Service Authority in Pathankot. It provides free legal aid for filling or defending a case provided the person meets certain stipulations as endorsed by the law of the land.
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