Profile of Karimganj District, Assam, India
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District and Local Administration


Karimganj is one of the 27 districts of Assam. It comprises only one sub- division which is also named as Karimganj. Below this level, there are 5 Revenue Circles (Tehsils), namely - Karimganj, Badarpur, Nilambazar, Patherkandi and Ramkrishna Nagar. Furthermore, from developmental angle, the district is divided into 7 Community Development Blocks - North Karimganj, South Karimganj, Badarpur, Patherkandi, Ramkrishna Nagar, Dullavcherra and Lowairpoa. Below the block level set-up, there are 96 Gram Panchayats each comprising about ten villages on the average and governed by local-self bodies. From the angle of Police administration, the district area is divided among 5 Police stations - Karimganj, Badarpur, Patherkandi, Ramkrishna Nagar and Ratabari.

Administrative Set-up in Karimganj District

Administrative LevelNameHead Quarter
DistrictKarimganj DistrictKarimganj Town
Sub-divisionKarimganj Sadar Sub-divisionKarimganj Town
Revenue CircleKarimganj CircleKarimganj Town
Badarpur CircleBadarpur Town
Nilambazar CircleNilambazar
Patherkandi CirclePatherkandi
Ramkrishna Nagar CircleRamkrishna Nagar
Police StationKarimganj P.S.Karimganj Town
Badarpur P.S.Badarpur town
Patherkandi P.S.Patherkandi
Ratabari P.S.Ratabari
RamkrishnaNagarRamKrishnaNagar
C.D. BlockNorth Karimganj BlockSadarashi
South Karimganj BlockKaliganj
Badarpur BlockMohakal
Patherkandi BlockPatherkandi
Ramkrishna Nagar BlockRamkrishna Nagar
Lowairpoa BlockLowairpoa
Dullavcherra BlockDullavcherra

District Administration

The head of District Administration is Deputy Commissioner. He also acts as the Collector in case of Revenue matters, as District Magistrate in case of maintenance of Law and Order and General Administration, as District Election Officer in case of conduct of Election and so on. The Deputy Commissioner is aided by a number of Officers like Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub-divisional Officers, Extra Assistant Commissioners and others.

NameDesignationTelephone No.
Dr.M. Angamuthu , IAS Deputy Commissioner03843-262345
Sri. H. K Nath, ACS Addl. Deputy Commissioner03843-273377
Sri A. Dey ,ACS Addl. Deputy Commissioner03843-263193
Sri M.K Das , ACS Addl. Deputy Commissioner03843-263193
Sri Arup Pathak, ACS Election Officer03843-262171
For list of important Administrative Officers of the district

Revenue Administration has historically been the primary responsibility of District Administration. This involves collection 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 Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), there are 5 outlying Revenue Circles (Tehsils) in the district, supervised by Circle Officers. Unlike in most other districts in Assam, Mouzadari System is not applicable in Karimganj. Circle Officers, being Tehsildars are responsible for collecting land revenue (Khazna) from land owners (pattadars). All the Circle Officers, and also the Settlement Officer (since Settlement Operation in in progress in the district) are required to submit 'doul' (demand of revenue) to DC, and after his approval, Tehsildars are to collect revenue as per the demand.

Settlement Operation
The settlement of a local area or an estate is a special operation carried out under the provision of section 17-42 of the Regulation for formal revision of the land revenue demand for that area or class of estate. These operation are generally perioding in nature and take place after every a few decades.
Under Section 55 of the Settlement Rules, the assessment of the land shall consist of the following processes :
.Preliminary record writing and field classification.
.Record attestation.
.Submission of attested reports.
.Revenue attestation.
.Offer of settlement.
As per Assam Land Revenue Regulation, a Settlement Officer (of the rank of an ADC) is appointed under section 133 for any local area or class of estate. He/she shall exercise the power of the D.C. as conferred by these rules for settlement of any local area or class of estate except those expressly reserved by the Deputy Commissioner. When no settlement is under operation, D.C. acts as the Settlement Officer.

Settlement Operation in Karimganj District : From the point of view of Revenue Administration, Land area of Karimgan District fall under two seperate categories - (a) Permanently Settled Estate (comprising 664 revenue villages and 2 non-cadastral villages) and (b) Temporarily Settled Estate (comprising 476 revenue villages). As regards Permanent Estate, Settlement Operation is now under process and is likely to be completed within a year or two. As for Temporary Estate also, Govt. of Assam has issued notification for Settlement Operation to start from 1st August, 2000. The entire Settlement Operation is being done under the guidance of a Settlement Officer.For details on Settlement Operation,

Apart from Revenue matters, District Development is one very important objective of the District Administration. As head of the District Administration, DC is responsible for all round developmental activities in the district under various programmes such as MP's Local Area Fund (MPLAD), MLA's fund, Untied Fund, Sub-divisional Plan Scheme Fund, Border Area Development Fund, Employment Assuarance Scheme (EAS) fund and so on. For this work, the DC assigns one A.D.C. (Development) the specific task of looking after and coordinating various developmental activities undergoing in various sectors. The ADC (Development) is aided in this matter by the Decentralised Planning Cell of the DC's office. All development departments in the district, like PWD, Irrigation, Health, Education and many others work in coordination and a District Development Committee (DDC) headed by D.C. has been in place to ensure this coordination. Under the Government policy of rapid upliftment of rural polulation, A District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is functioning in the district which has the DC as the Chairman and one Project Director as its functional head. All schemes for Rural Development are implemented by agency and in this work, it is aided by the 7 (seven) Community Development Blocks situated in outlying rural areas of the district. These C.D. Blocks are supervised by Block Development Officers (BDOs) and Senior BDOs.

Maintenance of Law & Order is another important aspect of district administration and the DC also being the D.M. is responsible for proper maintenance of the same. The DC is aided by the ADM's, SDM's and EM's. The Circle Officers of the Tehsils also function as Executive Magistrates and are responsible for maintenance of Law & Order in their respective circle areas. The DM and other magistrates take the necessary assitance from the police department for any necessity. District Police Administration is headed by the Superintendant of Police. The police department has an infra-structure of four police stations, four out-posts and other auxiliary establishments in the district.

Local Administration

For management and Implementation of various developmental schemes, elected bodies are constituted at the level of Corporation, Municipality and Town Committees for Urban Areas and Panchayat Bodies for the rural areas. Karimganj District has two urban local administration bodies as follows :

Muinicipal Administration in Karimganj District

Urban AreaLocal Administrative Body
KARIMGANJ TOWNKARIMGANJ MUNICIPAL BOARD
BADARPUR TOWNBADARPUR TOWN COMMITTEE

As for the rural aeas in Karimganj District, a hierarchy of local administrative bodies is in place with Mahakuma Parishad at the top (Sub-division level) followed by Anchalik and Gram Panchayats which cover a total number of 933 villages in the District.

Panchayati Raj Hierarchy in Karimganj District

Local Administrative UnitNumber of Units in District
Mahakuma Parishad1
Anchalik Panchayat7
Gram Panchayat96

Full List of Gram Panchayats in Karimganj District

Anchalik PanchayatGram Panchayat
NORTH KARIMGANJSUTARKANDI KURIKHALA
LATU SOJPUR
MAIZGRAM
PATHU SURIGRAM
GANDHAI
BRAHMANSASHAN
LAKHIBAZAR
NORTH KARIMGANJ
SADARASHI
PANIGHAT
AKBARPUR
PURAHURIA
SOUTH KARIMGANJKANISHAIL SARIFNAGAR
LONGAIGHAT
BAZARGHAT
PERERCHAK
KRISHNANAGAR
SARISHA CHARAKURI
NILAMBAZAR
ANGURA
FARAMPASHA
KEOTKONA
SUPRAKANDI
SINGARIA
SRIMANTA KANISHAIL
BAGBARI
KALIGANJ
MANASANGAN
BAKARSHAIL NAIRGRAM
JATKAPAN BARKATPKUR
JANAKALYAN
FATEPUR
SUBASHNAGAR
BADARPURMASLY
KANKALASH BASAIL
CHARGOLA GHORAMARA
LAMAJUAR
SOUTH BADARPUR
MALUA SRIGOURI
UMARPUR
BUNDASHIL
HASANPUR
MAHAKAL
DUTTAPUR
ANGLARBAZAR
PATHERKANDIFARIDKUNA DUHALIA
KABARIBOND
JURBARI DEFALALA
PATHERKANDI
ACHIMGANJ
BANDARKONA
ILASHPUR
BARAIGRAM
DHOLCHERRA
KANAIBAZAR
MOINA
BURUNGA
KALKALIGHAT
LOWAIRPOACHANDKHIRA
MEDLY
PUTHINI
KUKITAL
BAGAN
DENGARBOND
HATIKHIRA
LOWAIRPOA
BAZARICHERRA
JERJHERI
BALIPIPLA
ISABEEL
RAMKRISHNA NAGARGAMARIA
GANDHINAGAR
BHAIRABNAGAR
ANANDAPUR
NAYATILLA
R.K.NAGAR
HARINAGAR
KALINAGAR
BARUALA
NAGENDRANAGAR
BINODINI
GABINDAGANJ
DULLAVCHERRAANIPUR
CHARGOLA
PATIALA
DARGARBOND
BIDYANAGAR
DULLAVCHERRA
SINGLACHARRA
CHERAGI
LALCHERRA
PATHAKHAURI
VETERBOND
PALDAHAR
RATABARI
KAZIRBAZAR


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