The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj is headed by
Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Hon’ble
Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj who are
assisted by Secretary to Government Rural Development Department who is of
the rank of IAS. Below him there are three Additional Secretaries of the
rank of senior KAS and two Under Secretaries.
At the provincial level, the Directorate is headed by the Director Rural
Dev. who is a major head of the Department in terms of Jammu and Kashmir
Book of financial powers. The post is held by senior KAS/IAS officers. He
exercises the administrative and the financial control over the whole of
the province and is assisted by Joint Director, (Planning) Deputy Director
(Adm), District Panchayat Officer (Publicity) Accounts Officer and other
ministerial staff to carry out the day to day working in the Directorate.
The Joint Director, (Planning) deals with the Planning process in respect
of formulation of the plans at the provincial level and their submission
to the Govt. for approval of the Planning and Development Deptt. He
monitors the schemes being implemented in the field and provides necessary
assistance to the Director Rural Development in effective implementation
of the schemes.
The Deputy Director (Administration) provides assistance to the Director,
Rural Development in all the Administrative matters. The assistance is
provided on the issues pertaining to establishment, legal matters and also
matters relating to disciplinary proceedings, complaints and other issues
related to the Administration. He is also designated as the Departmental
Vigilance Officer of the Department.
The District Panchayat Officer (Publicity) Assists Director, Rural
Development in matters relating to the publicity of schemes and
The Block Development Officer (Headquarter) is the Incharge of the Cell
established for the disposal of grievances of disabled persons.
The Accounts Officer provides assistance to the Director, Rural
Development in the field of financial/accounts matters. He is also the
drawing and disbursing officer of the Directorate. He also formulates the
budget and monitors the Non Plan expenditure.
Besides these 10 Districts, Government of J&K has recently carved out Four
Additional Districts in Jammu province with their Headquarters at
The Directorate of Rural Development has units at the District/Block
levels. There are 177 (66 old and 111 newly created) CD & NES Blocks
out of which 148 (66 old and 82 newly created ) are functional in 10 districts having 1964 Halqa Panchayats
in Jammu province.
At the District level, following officers are under the administrative
control of the Directorate of Rural Development, Jammu.
1. Assistant Commissioner Development
2. Assistant Project, Director DRDA
3. Executive Engineer, REW
4. District Panchayat Officers
At the Block level, there is a Block Development Officer who is assisted
by Block Planning Officer, Junior Engineers and other field functionaries
like Panchayat Inspectors, V.L.Ws, Mukhya Savikas, Gram Savikas, and MPWs
Assistant Commissioner Development releases the funds to the Block
Development Officers for implementation of various works approved under
the scheme by the District Development Boards/other competent authorities.
Assistant Commissioner Development consolidates the District Plan on the
basis of inputs received from the Block Development Officers. The District
Plan compiled by him is submitted to the Directorate of Rural Development
for technical vetting before it is considered by the District Development
Board for approval in its meeting. ACD is competent to accord
Administrative Approval of the works involving the estimated cost upto
Rs.5.00 lacs in accordance with Govt. Order No.300-Agri of 1996 dated
2. Assistant Project Director, (District Rural Development Agency)
In every district there is a District Rural Development Agency with
District Development Commissioner as its Chairman assisted by the
Assistant Project Director DRDA who is exercising the over all
Administrative and Financial control over the affairs of the Agency as
well as the scheme implemented by the Block Development Officers.
3. Rural Engineering Wing
Govt. has created the post of Superintending Engineer REW vide Govt. Order
No. 146 RD of 2006 Dated 17-05-2006 to make the engineering wing more
effective for creating the quality assets and to give it more teeth.
In every district, there is a Rural Engineering Wing headed by the
Executive Engineer who looks after the technical aspects of the execution
of works. The Assistant Executive Engineers and Assistant Engineers posted
in the district work under his control. He accords technical sanctions of
the works involving estimated cost up to Rs.5.00 lacs and also accords
test checks of works to ensure quality of works in the District. He is
assisted by Junior Engineers and Work Supervisors at the Block/Panchayat
4. District Panchayat Officer
At the district level, the matters related to the Panchayats and Panchayat
Property/assets are attended to by the District Panchayat Officer. He is
assisted by Plantation watcher and Plantation supervisor besides Panchayat
Auditor posted in the District. The District Panchayat Officer is also the
estates officer of the Department and is implementing and supervising the
Rural Sanitation Programme in the district. At the Block Level, such
matters are supervised by the Panchayat Inspector and at the Panchayat
Level there is a Secretary Panchayat (VLW, Gram Sevika, and MPW). The
property of the Panchayats viz. Plantation Nurseries, Panchayat Ghars and
other Panchayat Assets are supervised by the Plantation
Supervisor/Plantation Watcher and Plantation Helpers.
Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), implemented by the BDOs at Block level is
also being monitored by the District Panchayat Officers. The scheme is
being implemented by Director, Rural Sanitation.
The District Panchayat Officer is the designated authority for
implementation of various provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati
5. BLOCK LEVEL ADMINISTRATIVE SET UP
At the Block Level, the Block Development Officers is responsible for
formulation and implementation of Action Plans under various schemes
through the field staff, which comprises of:
I. Panchayat Inspector
II. Junior Engineers
III. Village Level Workers(VLWs)
IV. Mukhya Savikas/Gram Savikas.
V. Multi Purpose Workers(MPWs)
VI. Plantation Supervisors/Watchers.