DC Office Branches and Functions
Administration Branch in DC Office
This branch deals with the administration of
a) Cinema and loud speaker
b) Weapons and explosives
c) Passport, Citizenship
d) Information and Public Relations
e) Jail matters
f) Records room including forms and stationary
g) Administrative reforms
h) Matters relating to hotels etc.
(A) Cinema and loud speaker :- This section deals with the administration of the following Acts
i) The Cinematography Act, 1952 and the Rules framed there under
ii) The Assam Cinema (Regulation) Act, 1953 and the Rules framed there under
iii) The Assam loudspeaker (Control) Act, 1960 and Rules there under
iv) The Assam Prohibition of Smoking in Show House Act, 1951
v) The Assam Regulation Amendment Act, 1956
(B) Weapons and Explosive Etc : The Administration of
i) The Arms Act, 1952 and the Arms Rules, 1962
ii) The Indian Explosive Act, 1884 and the Explosive Rules
iii) The Exclusive Substance Act, 1908
iv) The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Prevention relating to explosive substances)
v) The Petroleum Act, 1934 and the Petroleum Rules 1937
vi) The Carbide of Calcium Rules, 1937
The procedure of issue of license for arms and inspection of arms after purchase and the types of licenses, register of application of arms license and of license issued should be well understood by the Assistant Commissioner under training.
(C) Passport and Citizenship :
(I) Administrative of
i) The Citizenship Act, 1955 and Citizenship Rules, 1956
ii) The Indian Passport Act, 1920 and the Indian Passport Rules, 1950
iii) Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939 and Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1939
iv) Foreigner’s Act, 1946 and orders under the Foreigner’s Act, 1946
v) Foreigner’s Law (application and Amendment) Act, 1962
vi) Registration of Foreigners (Exemption) Order, 1957
vii) Foreigners Exemption Order, 1957
viii) Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958
ix) Foreigners (Interment) Order, 1962
x) Foreigners (Restriction of Chinese National) Order, 1962
xi) Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963
(II) Matters relating to the issue of Indo-Bangladesh Passport
Development Branch in DC Office
The Development branch in the D.C.’s office is looked after by A.D.C. (Development) who is assisted by the District Planning Cell that includes planning officer, Assistant planning Officer etc. The Assistant Commissioner must Familiarize himself with the various functions of the Development Branch i.e.
Decentralized Planning : Decentralized Plan process was originally introduced at the sub-divisional level in 1987-88 under the Panchayati Raj Act,1986 covering all Plain Sub Davison of The District. Each Civil Sub-Division was adopted as a unit of Planning and the Sub-Divisional Planning and Development Council (SPDC) for each Sub-Division was constituted
As a ‘Planning Body’ for finalization and monitoring the Sub-Divisional Plan . But SPDC ceased to exit with the repeal of the Act by the Assam Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, Keeping in view the provisions of the 73rd and 74rh Constitutional amendments for constitution of the District Planning committee (DPC) with the Minister/Minister of State as Chairman at the District Level. Accordingly, District Planning and Monitoring Committee (DPMC) was constructed At the District Level .Accordingly, D Planning and Monitoring Committee (DPMC) was constituted at the District level with all District Heads of Development Department, MP and MLAs of the District as members. The DPMC has been functioning from 2004-05 in each District other than the 6th schedule area of the State.
Preparation of District Development Plan : District Development Plan has been initiated in 2005-06 with a view to develop the people’s participation in the process of Socioeconomic development and to ensure optimum and gainful employment by generating capital asset at the grass-root level. The District Development Plan was prepared and implemented by the District Planning and Monitoring Committee (DPMC) in Selected District .in 2006-07,an amount of Rs.200.00 crore has been earmarked for implementation of District Development plan in 17 Plains District of Assam.
MPLADS/MLALADS : Under the MLALAD Scheme, District Authority will consider and implement the schemes as per recommendation of the concerned MLA of the Legislative Assembly constituency. Each MLA is entitled to get RS.30.00 lakh. Annually with the maximum limit of individual work not exceeding Rs. 5.00 lakh. Similarly, under the MPLADS, each MP is entitled to get Rs. 2.00crores annually with the maximum limit of individual work not exceeding Rs.25.00 lakh.
Untied Fund Schemes : Special attention has been given for Infrastructure Development of most needy areas of the district. Under United Fund, selective schemes particularly in the areas of health and water supply ,education, culture, agriculture and allied sectors etc. are being sanctioned and placed under disposal of concerned District Authorities for its implementation. Under Untied Fund, special attention has been given to provide special benefits to the local people by implementing state priority schemes such as Kalpataru, Buniyad, Gyanjyoti and Dhaarmajyoti Scheme,
District Development Committee : The DDC meeting is held every month. The DDC looks after formulation, issue of sanctions, implementation and monitoring of plan scheme and sorting out inter-departmental matters.
District Planning and Monitoring Committee.
District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee.
DRDA related matters
Cooked Mid Day Meal Scheme : D.C.'s and SDO (Civil) Have been Notified as Nodal officers for supervision and monitoring of the scheme in their respective district /sub-division.
National Family Benefit Scheme
National Old Age Pension Scheme
Account Branch in DC Office
Matter relating to allowances including dearness allowances, travelling allowances etc.
Matter relating to audit and special audit.
Matter relating to defalcation, embezzlement and other irregularities in respect of public finance.
Pre-audit of arrear claim, ad-hoc payment of old claim, permanent advance
Matters relating to revision and interpretation of the contingency Manual, Assam Financial Rules, The Assam Budget manual, Delegation of Financial Power & Rules.
Budget Compilation and matters relating thereto
Yardsticks for sanction of Staff creation/sanction of posts
Interpretation of Fundamental Rules and Subsidiary Rules, Assam Financial Rules and Delegation of Financial Power Rules
Matters relating to Pay committee
Payment of Income Tax
Preparation of pay bills and other claims of Government servants
Magiterial Branch in DC Office
The Magisterial Branch deals with the following subject matters:
a) Procedure for initiating and conducting prosecutions
b) Appointments of Government Pleaders, Public Prosecutors and Assistant Prosecutors and matters relating thereof
c) Advice on legal matters
d) Conduct of Government cases in various courts.
e) Administration of
i) The Code of Criminal Procedure 1973
ii) Indian Evidence Act, 1872
iii) Indian Penal Code,1860
iv) Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967
v) National security Act, 1980
vi) Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
vii) The Assam Maintenance of Public Order Act, 1947 as emended till date
viii) The Assam disturbed Areas Act, 1955
ix) The Assam Requisition and control of vehicles (Amendment Act, 1968)
x) The Assam Maintenance of Public Order (Autonomous District) Act, 1964
xi) The Assam Disturbed Areas Act, 1955
xii) The Code of Criminal Procedure (Assam Amendment) 1964
xiii) The Assam Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1970
xiv) The Assam game and Betting Act, 1970
xv) Notaries Act, 1953
f) Completion of annual acts and Ordinances of the state and Keeping them up to date
g) Matters relating to Low and Order Maintenance
h) Blacklisting of firm & contractors
i) Requisition of workers
j) Appointment of petition writers
k) Reports and returns of High Court
l) Post Mortem
m) Crime detection and punishment of offenders
n) Matters relating to raising and maintenances of Police Force
o) Haj Pilgrimage and Order Pilgrimages outside India
p) Fire Service Organisation
q) Matters relating to Assam Police Manual
r) Verification of character and antecedents
s) Complains against Police inaction/corporation
t) Tour Programs and tour diaries of Police Officers
Personal Branch in DC Office
The Branch consist of the following section
(a) The Personal Section,
(b) Account Section.
Personal Section : The Personal Section deals with
i) Appointment, Release, conduct, discipline and the other general conditions of the Government services.
a) Administration of the Assam Ministerial (District Establishment) Service Rules 1967.
b) Advertisement and application fees.
ii) Transfer of Government servants including on deputation.
iii) General condition of service including fixation of seniority and preparation of the gradation lists.
v) Matters relating to Assam Public Services Commission including departmental examination.
vi) Application for posts elsewhere
vii) Private employment of Government servants during the level preparatory to retirement and after retirement
viii) Age of retirement.
ix) Re-employment after superannuation under the Government.
x) General conduct and discipline-Administration of the Assam Service (Conduct) Rules, 1965.
xi) Assets and liabilities statement.
xii) Annual confidential report.
xiii) Departmental proceedings and prosecution – Administration of the Assam Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1965.
xiv) Representation on service matter and redressal in court of law.
xv) Matters relating to Assam Administrative Tribunal.
xvi) Departmental Training
xvii) Service conditions which are of the nature of concessions to Government Servants including reservations for the Scheduled Castes and the Schedules Tribes and Other backward Classes.
xviii) Advances, provident funds, pension and gratuity and other miscellaneous privileges of Government servants.
xix) Refund, write-off and misappropriation.
xx) Appeals and memorandums.
xxi) Association of government Servants.
xxii) Service books.
xxiii) Absorption on retrenchment of temporary personnel
xxiv) Investiture of Revenue/Bakijai/magisterial Powers
xxv) Matter relating to :
a) Manual of Executive Rules and other
b) Handbooks of General Circulars and Supplements.
c) Fundamental Rules and Subsidiary Rules.
d) Right to Information Act, 2005
e) Pretension of Corruption Act, 1988
f) The Assam Service (Pension) Rules, 1969
g) Delegation of Financial Power Rules,1960 (as amended up to 1999)
h) Assam Financial Rules.
i) Assam Contingency manual
j) The Employment Exchange (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959
k) The Employment Exchange (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1960
l) The Assam Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Reservation and Vacancies in Service and Posts) Act, 1970.
Nazarat Branch in DC Office
The Nazarat Branch consists of the following three sections
It deals with the following subject matters
Maintenance of cleanliness of buildings under Deputy Commissioner
Purchase of stationeries and miscellaneous article including furniture, liveries etc. and their proper distribution
Arrangements for meetings, conference etc. and arrangement for refreshment
Circuit House and Dak Bungalows
Ceremonial functions including Independence Day, Republic Day
Delegation of Financial Powers Rules, 1960
Assam contingency Manual
This section deals with the recovery of dues under
The Bengal Public Demand Recovery Act
Rules under chapter V of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation, 1886 relating to arrears and mode of recoveries
The Bengal Public Demand Recoveries (Assam Amendment) Act, 1962
This section deals with the administration of
The agricultural Loans Act, 1884 and the rules framed there under
The Land improvement loans Act, 1883 and Rules framed there under
The Assam Aid to Industrial (Small and Cottage Industries) Act, 1955 and Rules framed there under
The Assam Rehabilitation Loans, 1957
The Assam recovery of Loans Act, 1976
The Assam Recovery of Loans (Amendment) Act, 1977
Confidential Branch in DC Office
The Confidential Branch of the D.C.'s office deals with ACRs of officers and staff as well as other sensitive matters such as Law & Other reports etc.
Generally, responsible, experienced and knowledgeable assistants and posted in this branch and the A.C. should interact with them and go through the files maintained by them.
Election Branch in DC Office
The Branch is responsible for the implementation of provisions relating to conduct of election as contained in the Constitution of India (Relevant Articles 52, 54 to 59, 62 to 64, 66 to 68, 71, 79 to 85, 99,101 to 104, 158, 168 to 174, 188, 190 to 194, 324 to 334, 341 and 371 (F). Rules and orders under the Constitution of India relating to elections, certain acts of Parliament, Statutory Rules and Orders and law relating to removal of disqualification.
(a) Rules and Orders under the Constitution
(1) The Prohibition of Simultaneous Membership Rules, 1950
(2) The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950
(3) The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950
(b) Acts of Parliament
(1) Indian Penal Code, 1860 (section 153A, 153 B, 171 A to 171 I, 505)
(2) The Representation of the People Act, 1950 and Rules framed thereunder
(3) The Representation of the People Act, 1951 and Rules framed thereunder
(4) The States Re-organization Act, 1956 (See 47)
(5) The Representation of the People (Miscellaneous Provisions ) Act,
1965 (See 2)
(6) The North Eastern Areas (Re-organization) Act 1971 (See 14 to 20)
(7) The Delimitation Act, 1972
(c) Statutory Rules and Orders
(1) The Delimitation of Council Constituencies Order
(2) The Registration of election Rules. 1960
(3) The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961
(4) The election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968
(d) Law relating to removal of disqualification
The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959
This branch is also responsible (a) for proper maintenance of and storage of ballot boxes, furniture, electoral rolls etc in the go-down of Election Branch (b) for all the matters being dealt with by the account section under Personnel Branch so far as election matters are concerned.
During the study of the Election Branch the Assistant Commissioner should focus on the procedure for preparation of electoral rolls, verification of enumerators pad by the election officer, stock registers of ballot boxes, ballot papers and electoral rolls and the register of electoral parts. Pending cases of election T.A Bills and pending audit objections should also be perused. Further, concepts such as the use of electronic voting machines, computerization of electoral rolls and use of information technology in the conduct of elections should be discussed by the Assistant Commissioner with the Deputy Commissioner.
The Assistant commissioner should also peruse the –
(1) Manual on election Law
(2) The Hand Book for Returning Officer
(3) Compendium of Instructions
Excise Branch in DC Office
The Excise Branch consists of the following sections
(a) Licensing and Prosecution Section
(b) Personnel Section
(c) Accounts Section
Administration of the following Acts and Rules and executive instructions on them.
(i) The Eastern Bengal and Assam Excise Act, 1970 and orders under different sections of the Act
(ii) The Assam Excise Rules, 1945
(iii) The Assam Distillery Rules, 1945
(iv) The Assam Temperance Act, 1926 and the Rules framed thereunder
(v) The Assam Ganja and Bhang Prohibition Act, 1958 and the Rules framed thereunder
(vi) The Assam Liquor Prohibition Act, 1952 and the Rules (1953) framed thereunder
(vii) The Medicinal and Toilet Preparations Excise Duties Act, 1955 and the Rules (1956) framed thereunder
(viii) The Assam Bonded Warehouse Rules, 1965
(ix) The Molasses Control Order 1961 and the Rules framed thereunder (being amended)
(x) The Assam Spirituous Medicinal Preparations Rules, 1962
(xi) The Assam Opium Prohibition Act, 1947 and the Rules (1948) framed thereunder
(xii) The Assam Excise Service Rules, 1961 (amended on 1995)
(xiii) The Assam Subordinate Excise Service Rules, 1961 (amended on 1990)
(xiv) The Assam Excise (Amendment) Act, 1955 (amended on 2000)
(xv) The Assam Ganja and Bhang Prohibition Act, 1959
(xvi) The Assam Liquor Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 1962
(xvii) The Assam Excise (Amendment) Act, 1973
(xviii) The Assam Excise (Amendment) Act, 1974
(xix) The Assam Excise (Amendment) Act, 1976
(xx) The Assam Liquor Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 1976
The Assistant Commissioner should familiarize himself with the procedure for granting permits for denatured spirits, Rectified Spirit and dangerous drugs and also the procedure about the settlement of spirit and liquor shop and about calculation of security deposits and vending fee, Register of Security Deposits, Register of Excise cases detected together with a study of Warehouse operations.
Registration Branch in DC Office
The Registration Branch deals with the administration of
(1) The Indian Registration Act, XVI of 1908
(2) Statutory Order and Rules and Executive Orders of the Governor Act XVI of 1908
(3) Rules framed under section 68 of the XVI of 1908
(4) Instructions and orders issued by the Inspector General of Registration from time to time
(5) The Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act, 1935 Rules and regulation framed therein under
(6) The Kazis Act, 1880 and the rules framed therein under
(7) The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872 and the Statutory Rules and Statutory Orders and Executive orders framed therein under
(8) Act III of 1972 (An Act to provide a form of marriage in certain cases) and Statutory Orders and instructions
(9) The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
(10) The Hindu Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1961
(11) The Special Marriage Act, 1954
(12) The Special Marriage (Assam) Act, 1957
(13) Indian Stamp Act, 1899 (as amended)
(14) Stamp Manual
(15) Transfer of Property Act, 1882 for a duration of six weeks.
The Assistant Commissioner shall familiarize himself with the procedures of registration of documents issue of non-encumbrance certificate, registration of marriages, maintenance of records relating to land etc.
Food & Civil Supply Branch in DC Office
The Supply Branch consists of the following sections
Licensing and Prosecution Section
Licensing and Prosecution section : - It looks into the administration of following acts, orders and Rules:
The Essential Commodities Act,1955 (Act 10 of 1955) read with the essential Commodities (Amendment) Act,2006(Act 54 of 2006).
The Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act,1980.
The Petroleum Act, 1934.
The Petroleum Rules,2002.
The Consumer Protection Act,1986 and Rules Made Thereunder.
CENTRAL CONTROL ORDER’S MADE U/S-3 OF THE E.C ACT.1955 BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
The Removal of (Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions) on Specified Foodstuffs Order, 2002.
The Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Specified Foodstuffs (Amendment) order,2007
The Public Distribution System (Control) Order,2001
The Petroleum Products (Maintenance of Production, Storage and Supply) Order, 1999
The Lubricating Oils and Greases (Processing, Supply and Distribution regulation ) Order,1987
The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation, Supply and Distribution) Order,2000
The Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel (Regulation of Supply and Distribution and Prevention of Malpractices) Order,2005