Administration in West Jaintia Hills
Deputy Commissioner's Office, West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya
Present Deputy Commissioner
Mr. Arunkumar Kembhavi, I.A.S. : joining date 01/07/2015
Contact Details : 9435724426 / 220721(O)/220723(R) / 220865(Fax) / Email id : arunkumar.kembhavi [at] gmail [dot] com
|Mr. T. Dkhar, I.A.S.||01/07/2009 - 11/07/2012|
|Mr. Sanjay Goyal, I.A.S.||23/6/2008 - 30/6/2009|
|Mr. F.R. Kharkongor,I.A.S.||10/5/2005-11/6/2008|
|Mr. S.F. Kongwir||31/7/2001-31/7/2003|
|Mr. W.S. Mawlong||16/6/1998-31/7/2001|
|Mr. P.W. Ingty||9/7/1996-12/6/1998|
|Mr. N.S. Samant||9/7/1993-8/7/1996|
|Mr. Y. Tsering||6/3/1991-25/5/1993|
|Mr. K.S. Kropha||1/6/1988-5/3/1991|
|Mr. G.P. Wahlang||25/10/1985-31/5/1988|
|Mr. J.M. Mauskar||1/10/1984-31/5/1985|
|Mr. P.J. Bazeley||16/6/1982-30/9/1984|
|Mr. A. Didar Singh||15/4/1981-15/6/1982|
|Mr. D. Das||11/3/1980-14/4/1981|
|Mr. G.W. Chyne||1/5/1979-10/3/1980|
|Mr. J. Tayeng||24/10/1977-24/4/1979|
|Mr. J.M. Jala||5/10/1974-27/7/1977|
|Mr. R.P. Sinha||16/1/1973-4/10/1974|
|Mr. J.M. Phira, I.A.S.||22/2/1972-15/1/1973|
|Year of Inception of the District of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya : 1972|
General Administration : Deputy Commissioner is the head of the District administration. The Deputy Commissioner is the executive head as well as judicial head of the district. The D.C. is aided by a number of officers like Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Officers of Civil Sub-Divisions and Extra Assistant Commissioners to assist him in different type of activities. As the executive head the D.C. plays a vital role in coordinating with all developmental heads of the district for all round developmental activities under various programs such as M.P. scheme (M.P.L.A.D.), M.L.A.'s scheme, Border areas development funds, Employment assurance schemes and so on. The District Planning Officer is assigned to see, formulate and release of fund for development scheme. There also exists the District Rural Development Agency (D.R.D.A.) and the D.C. is the chairman of the said agency. The Project Director is the functional head of the agency. All schemes of rural development are implemented by Block Development Officers and the necessary funds are routed through this agency.
Law and Order : Maintenance of law and order is another important aspect of district administration to give proper security and to safeguard the lives and properties of the citizen. In this regard the D.C. act as the District Magistrate for maintenance of law and order in the district. The District Magistrate is assisted by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Division Magistrates and other Executive Magistrates and keeps close link with police department for necessity. The Superintendent of Police is the head of the Police Administration.
Revenue : In revenue matter the D.C. is assisted by A.D.C. i/c of Revenue and other Revenue and Enforcement staff. There is constitutionally recognized Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council in Jowai. Hence all types of revenue collection like settlement of Hats (Bazaar), Ghats, Ponds, Ferries, Professional tax are directly dealt by Dist. Council, except matters like acquisition of Government land, encroachment of Government land, allotment of land to central department, payment of compensation money etc.
Natural Calamity : The D.C. plays a key role during natural disaster periods like flood, earthquake, landslide, cyclone/storm damage or fire incidence. The D.C. generally takes prompt action whenever the situation arises in any part of the district, and provides assistance either in cash or kind to the victims according to the nature of damage. Besides all these the D.C. being the head of the district also holds the post of Chairman of various committee, colleges, schools, Banks etc.
Departments Details :
Floor - wise : location of various Depts. in the D.C. office
0th Floor: Judicial, Supply Branches, Control Room, Disaster Management Cell
1st Floor: Deputy Commissioner Room, General Branch, Confidential Branch, D.R.D.A., N.I.C. Unit Jowai ( Ministry of I.T. and telecommunication, India), A.D.C.'s rooms
2nd Floor: Excise, Housing, Planning, Nazareth, Registration, Revenue, Development Branches
3rd Floor : D.S.C., A.D.C., B.A.D.O., Rev.Enforcement Branches
Annexed to D.C. Office :Treasury Office, Election Office
|Serial Number||Name of Gramsevak & Circle||Name of villages|
|1.||Mr. Rolin Siangbud
|2.||Mr. Johny Kharbuki.
|3.||Mr. Batkupar Rymbui
|4.||Mr. Paul Kyndait. Mawlong Circle||1||Amtapoh|
|5.||Mr. Augustin Challam. Padu Circle||1. 1||Mawngap|
|6.||Mr. Ketbit Niangti. Shnongpdeng Circle||1. 1||Shnongpdeng|
|7.||Mr. Da.O. Kinjing. Nongbareh Circle||1. 1||Nongbarehrim|
|8.||Mr. Juvan Lamin. Dawki Circle||1. 1||Bakur|
|9.||Mr. Wiking Khonglah. Sohkha Lamin Circle||1. 1||Lamin|
|10.||Mr. Chaiwan Passah. Nongtalang Circle||1. 1||Nongtalang Mission|
|11.||Mr. Hydelbart Passah Pdengshakap. Circle||1||Pdengshakap|
|12.||Mr. Dap Shylla. Tarangblang Circle||1||Tarangblang|
|13.||Mr. Thamar Talang. Mukthapur Circle||1. 1||Mukthapur|
|14.||Mr. Daman Passah Syndai. Circle||1. 1||Syndai Mission|
|15.||Mr. Kora Sungoh. Pasadwar Circle||1. 1||Pasadwar|
|8||Prang Prang Amlako|
District Council ... history, work, pros & cons.
With the coming into force of the 6th Schedule to the Constitution of India, steps were taken to constitute District Councils in all autonomous Districts of Assam. The Government of Assam made rules ( Assam Autonomous District Rules 1951 or Constitution of the District Councils) for the procedure and conduct of business of these district councils and steps were taken for holding the first election to the District Council on the basis of Adult suffrage. In 1952, the District Councils were constituted in all the districts except in the Naga Hills District. The first elections to all other district councils were held during April-June 1952.
The United Khasi-Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council came into existence on 27th June 1952 after being formally inaugurated by the Governor of Assam, J.Daulatram at the Dinam Hall, Jaiaw. Since its inception protests started growing against the 6th Schedule. The inauguration was a gloomy day for the public of Shillong. Black flags were carried to protest the principle of nomination. However the protest was directed not to the District Council but against the Assam Government's policy in trying to impose the nomination of three non-tribal persons as members of the District Council from among the three communities which have nothing to do with the District Council affairs. So started the demand for separate councils for the 3 separate communities.
Memoranda's were submitted to the Center for demand of separate District Councils putting forth the disadvantages of the United form. The C.E.M. of the United Khasi Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council Mr. E.Bareh ceased to be the C.E.M. of the same and became the C.E.M. of the newly formed Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council till the regular C.E.M. was sworned in on Jan 7th 1966( Mr. Wilson Reade).
The term :United Khasi Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council ceased to exist on January 1963. The elections were finally held for the separate District Councils till 1967.
Hence the District Councils have autonomous status in dealing with regulations of trading by non-tribals, promotion of their welfare, preservation of their way of life, tradition, customs. It also can make laws subject to :marriage and divorce, inheritance of property, social customs, appointments/succession of headmen and chiefs, village and town related administrative problems, health, sanitation, etc, management of any unreserved forests, usage of canals or water courses, establishments of town committees or councils and their powers.
The Jowai District Council has Officers and Staffs numbering up to 968 excluding the Chairman and Vice Chairman etc.. covering all departments like general, finance & accounts, Revenue, Civil Works, Education, Judicial, Legislative, Publicity, Stationary and Printing, Planning, Agriculture, Soil, Fisheries & Market, Political, Taxation, Town Committee Affairs Departments.
However there have been academic discussions as to the existence of the District Councils after statehood was granted to the people to run their administration according to their own genius. Infact close studies have shown the overlapping of powers of the State Government and the District Councils. Moreover the State has better infrastructure for governance. It is felt that after creation of Statehood, District Council may serve the people as local self government in true sense of the term. It has grass root level contact. Infact the District Councils can easily carry out the development works entrusted by the State and the center and with provisions for direct funding to local self-governments by the central Government the work has been made easier.
The State Government and the District Councils carry out work in parallel: which cannot give much benefit to the local people. Infact at present there is lack of coordination in functioning between the two said bodies. Suggestions say that the State Government should be the all power assisted by the District Council that would act as an agent to the State Government in developing activities. However the changing of the status of the District Council is probably a difficult proposition. As is shown : most politicians after losing elections normally seek refuge as M.D.C.'s. No reservation for Women is kept in the District Council elections.
For things to change : people need to be aware of the changes around them, and Public opinion will play an important role for the interest of the People of the State. Mr. M.N.Syiem Secy. Mait Shaphrang an N.G.O. has stated in its paper "Self Interest Of Political Aspirants Need To Be Sacrificed For The Sake Of Overall Development Of The State".