Commissioner's Role

The office of Commissioner, Ferozepur Division, Ferozepur has been established on 15.8.1973 and Sh. SS Parmar, IAS was first commissioner. Since then 24 commissioners have been posted. The list of name of commissioners from 15.8.1973 to date is attached herewith.

Maintenance of Law and Order The Commissioner is responsible for the maintenance of peace and order in his Division. For this purpose, he gives directions to the District Administration. Under the Police rules, the Commissioner has the right to call reports from the District Magistrate and Police Superintendents for crimes and disorders. In some cases, he can call for the following kinds of reports:- Seeks reports from Superintendent of Police and Roznamchas(daily reports) Monthly Crime Reports. Annual Police Reports.

Supervision of District Administration Although the control and supervision of the District Administration is vested with the State Government, yet in reality owing to over involvement and over burden of the state government, no effective control is possible. Therefore, actual effective control is exercised by the Commissioner and he acts as a liason between the State and the District.

Work of Co-ordination. A large number of departments and agencies are working in each District. The Commissioner very tactfully and cleverly coordinates their work and tries to solve departmental or personal differences and clashes. He makes them work for the best interest of the State. Sometimes there are some differences between the Deputy Commissioners or other departmental heads of the adjoining districts. He tries to coordinate their activities.

Departmental Coordination The Commissioner has been given the duty of coordinating the work of various departments, so that he can properly supervise the work of the various departments. Although technically the departmental heads are free and exercise their powers without any restraint, but in general matters the Commissioner exercises control and supervision over them. If there is a dispute between the District Authorities and the departmental heads, the Commissioner gives his decision. For example, if there is a dispute between Deputy Commissioner and Divisional Canal Officer about the role of flow of water, then the decision is given by the Commissioner.

As Liason Officer Between the Punjab State and Local Military The Commissioner, FIROZPUR Division also functions as a State Liason Officer for the Punjab to keep liason between the army and the Civil Administration. He has to deal with special problems relating to the India-Pakistan border. During emergency(war), he has to work round the clock with a view to mobilizing the entire civil administration machinery, creating confidence among the public and boosting the defence effort in the division.

Ex-office Chairman The Commissioner is also the Chairman of the Regional Transport Authority, FIROZPUR and House Allotment Committee which allots houses to the various Officers.

Miscellaneous Functions In addition to the above functions, a Commissioner performs some other functions. Amongst these, some may be enumerated here:

  • He writes confidential reports of Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional Officers, Tehsildars. He gives his views about their efficiency, conduct and character.
  • At the time of natural calamities like floods, famines, earthquakes and fires, he leads and helps the Deputy Commissioners.
  • In land acquisition cases, the Commissioner is empowered to accord sanction up to Rs. 15 lacs of the award and in Collector's rate up to Rs. one crore.
  • Thus it appears from the above survey that the Commissioner of a Division plays an important role in the administrative structure of the Division. He enjoys revenue powers and is a court of appeal and revision in revenue cases. He coordinates the work of the different functionaries. He is responsible for maintaining proper law and order in the Division. He controls and guides local-self institutions. In case of war, he performs many functions during the emergency. He takes an active part in the execution of various developmental projects. Principal Staff Officer to the Commissioner is overall in charge of the staff in the office and assists the Commissioner in all spheres of work. Generally a senior officer of the Punjab Civil Service is appointed as Principal Staff Officer. The Office Superintendent is responsible for the proper supervision and disposal of work of the office. He has also delegated power of Drawing & Disbursing Officer.