ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Abolishing the District Magistrate

The question raised by D Bandyopadhyay (November 25, 2006) is timely and relevant for the next stage of local government reform in India. However, his suggestion to make the erstwhile district magistrate (DM) act as the chief secretary of the zilla parishad, without separating the state and local services in a district is untenable.

If the DM is removed from the district, then all the powers vested in him by more than 100 statutes would have to be reallocated to the superintendent of police (SP) and a zilla pramukh (ZP), representing both the panchayats and the municipalities in a district, and a district coordinator (DC), as introduced in Pakistan recently.

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