(Last Updated on : 07-10-2014)
Administration of Udhampur District is the responsibility of the Deputy Commissioner. He is the Executive Head and has three fold roles such as: Deputy Commissioner, District Development Commissioner, and District Magistrate. The Deputy Commissioner is the Chief Revenue Officer and is accountable for collection of Revenue and other Government dues recoverable as arrears of Land Revenue. He deals with the Natural Calamities like hailstorms, floods, draught, and fire etc. The District Magistrate is responsible for the preservation of Law and Order in the District. He is conferred with very extensive powers by the law, which if used cautiously can be very effectual in maintaining peace and harmony. The police force is for the most part an instrument provided by Law for the District Magistrate. He can enforce restriction on the movement of illegal Assembly. In addition to these the Deputy Commissioner is the Chairman of various Central Sponsored projects.
Revenue Administration has historically been the most important responsibility of District Administration. This involves gathering and fixing of land revenue, registration, mutation and overall management in regard to land - private and public. Besides the Revenue Branch of the Deputy Commissioners Office, which is looked after by Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), there are five outlying Revenue Circles (Tehsils) in the district, administered by Tehsildars. Tehsildars are in charge for collecting land revenue (Khazna) from land owners (pattadars). All the Tehsildars, and also the Settlement Officer (since Settlement Operation in progress in the district) are required to submit 'doul' (demand of revenue) to the District Commissioner, and after his sanction, Tehsildars are to collect revenue as per the demand.
Apart from Revenue matters, District Development is one of very significant objective of the District Administration. As head of the District Administration, DC is liable for all round developmental activities in the district under various programmes. For this work, the DC assigns one Chief Planning Officer (CPO) the particular task of looking after and coordinating various developmental activities undergoing in different sectors. All development departments in the district, like PWD, Health, Irrigation, Education and many others are aided in this matter by the Planning Section of the DC's office, headed by the Chief Planning Officer. For management and execution of various developmental schemes, elected bodies are constituted at the level of Municipal Council and Committees for Urban Areas and Panchayat Bodies for the rural areas.
Maintenance of Law and Order is another vital facet of district administration and the DC also being the District Magistrate is in charge for proper safeguarding of the same. The DM is supported by the Additional District Magistrate's, Sub Divisional Magistrate's and Executive Magistrate's. The Tehsildar of the Tehsils also function as Executive Magistrates and are responsible for upholding of Law and Order in their respective Tehsils. The DM and other magistrates take the required assistance from the police department for any necessity. District Police Administration is headed by the Senior Superintendent of Police. The police department has an infra-structure of Two Police Districts, Seventeen Police Stations, Thirteen Police Posts and other supplementary establishments in the district.