Administration in Jalandhar

For administrative purposes, Jalandhar district is divided into five sub divisions or tehsils that are further divided into 5 sub tehsils. These tehsils are Jalandhar I, Jalandhar II, Phillaur, Shahkot, and Nakodar while the sub tehsils in Jalandhar are Bhogpur, Adampur, Goryan, Nurmahal, and Kartarpur. The district has 10 development blocks with around 956 villages. In fact, Jalandhar is a major revenue division of Punjab.

Administration in Jalandhar


From the year 1973, after separation of Ludhiana district from this division, the current Jalandhar division was formed with six districts viz, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Kapurthala, and Nawashahr. Earlier till 1997, Nawashahr district was also a part of Jalandhar district and then it was separated from it. Administration of this entire division lies in the hands of Commissioner, who is an IAS officer while general administration of the district is vested with Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar.

Commissioner of Jalandhar Division

For daily working of Commissioner in Jalandhar, he has various officers to assist him. They include one Principal Staff Officer, one Superintendent Grade I, three Superintendent Grade II, one PA, and other staff of 37 clerks and assistants. Work load in Commissioner’s office is divided into three main branches:

  • General branch
  • Accounts branch
  • Revenue & Judicial branch

For general administration, Commissioner has powers vested in him under Tenancy and Land Revenue Acts of Punjab. His duties are both administrative as well as statutory. Since the inception of division, he is entrusted with revenue duties of collecting land revenues and abiana along with his several appellate powers under different acts like:

  • Northern India Canal and Drainage act 1873
  • Punjab Land revenue Act 1887
  • The Punjab Tenancy Act 1887
  • Indian Stamp Act 1899
  • East Punjab Utilisation of Lands Act, 1949
  • East Punjab Refugees Rehabilitation Building and Building Sites Act, 1948
  • Punjab Security of Land Tenures Act, 1953
  • Punjab Tenancy and Agriculture Lands Act, 1956
  • Indian Arms Act, 1959
  • Punjab Land Reforms Act, 1972
  • Punjab Public Premises and Land (Eviction and Rent Recovery) Act, 1973
  • Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976
  • Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulations) Act, 1976
  • Nazul Land Rules
  • Punjab Document Writers Licensing Rules, 1961
  • Arbitration Act, 1940
  • The Punjab Panchayat Samiti & Zila Parishad Services, Rules, 1964

Significant government offices in Jalandhar


Under all these acts, Commissioner performs his duties to hear the appeals. He also enjoys powers under Punjab Land Revenue Act to hear the appeals to revise and review the decisions taken by Deputy Commissioners of districts.

Secondly, the role of Commissioner in development works is quite vital as well. He has to look after proper implementation of the schemes initiated under the five year plans for socio economic development of this division.

In the sphere of local self government also, he has to work in coordination with elected representatives and officers of local governments of district. He supervises the functioning of panchayat samitis, municipalities, and municipal corporations. Commissioner sanctions funds for areas beyond municipal limits of cities, hears appeals against deputy commissioners, sanctions the appointments for municipalities, and also approves their budgets.

Apart from these, Commissioner inspects the work done by various district offices and gives them suggestions as well. Commissioner of Jalandhar also maintains law and order in division along with acting as a liaison between state government and district administration. He can write confidential reports of deputy commissioners and all his subordinate officers, he guides them in times of disasters, and has various powers under land acquisition cases.

Commissioner, Jalandhar Division
Jalandhar - 2224549 2459661 2458058

Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar

Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar plays three roles to fulfill his duties as such. He is the Deputy Commissioner, District Magistrate, and Collector in his capacity as an executive head of the district. He has 8 sub ordinates working under him for effectively completing his daily work responsibilities. These officers are:

  • Additional Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner - General
  • Assistant Commissioner - Grievances
  • District Revenue Officer
  • Executive Magistrate
  • District Transport officer
  • Civil Defence Officer
  • District Development and Panchayat Officer
  • Urban Ceiling Officer

In his duties as Chief Revenue Officer, Deputy Commissioner is entrusted with duties to collect revenues and other government dues. He is also the registrar to register the deeds. Also, he is the Marriage Officer under Special Marriages Act of 1954.

Suvidha Center serving as Public Services Office in Jalandhar


As District Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner is the licensing authority under the Cinematograph Act. He has powers to supervise the functions of district police for maintenance of law and order. He can inspect various courts of sub divisional officers, tehsildars, naib tehsildars, hospitals, jails, schools, blocks, local bodies, improvement trusts, and all other government officers within district. He acts as an appellate authority under the acts:

  • Land Revenue Act 1887
  • Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulations) Act, 1976
  • Punjab Tenancy Act 1887   
  • Punjab Package Deal Properties (Disposal) Act, 1976
  • Displaced Persons (Compensation & Rehabilitation) Act, 1954

Deputy Commissioner
Jalandhar - 2224783, 5083536 2459664 5082131

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar assists the Deputy Commissioner in his routine duties and he enjoys the same powers as well. This post was formed in the year 1979 to assist DC. His duties as Collector are governed by the following acts:

  • The Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1887
  • The Punjab Tenancy Act, 1887
  • The 1938, Punjab Restitution of Mortgage Land Act
  • The Land Acquisition Act, 1894
  • The 1961, Punjab Village Common Land (Regulation) Act
  • The Indian Stamp Act, 1899
  • Powers of Registrar under Registration Act 1908,
  • The 1952, Punjab Occupancy Of Tenants (Vesting of Proprietary Rights) Act
  • Duties as Additional Deputy Commissioner, District Magistrate, and Executive Magistrate under Criminal Procedure code 1973
  • Additional District magistrate under Arms Act and Petroleum Act 1934

Sub Divisional Officers (Civil) in Jalandhar

This officer enjoys those duties in his sub division as Deputy Commissioner enjoys in the district. He works as Principal Agent of DC in Jalandhar. He looks after activities of different departments by touring entire sub division on regular basis. He controls revenue administration along with law and order in his sub division. He enjoys independent powers in all these matters and is solely responsible for his area. He enjoys powers as Assistant Collector under Punjab Land revenue Act 1887 and Punjab Tenancy Act. He can also hear cases under sections, 109, 110, 107/ 151, 133, 144, and 145 of Criminal Procedure Law.

Administrative offices in Jalandhar

Tehsildar/ Naib Tehsildar in Jalandhar

In Jalandhar, Tehsildars are appointed by Financial Commissioner while Naib Tehsildars are appointed by Commissioner of Jalandhar district. Their powers are quite similar in nature. They act as Assistant Collector, Executive Magistrate, and Sub Registrar in the tehsil. Tehsildar works as In charge of respective Tehsil Revenue Agency and maintains various tehsil revenue accounts and records as such. He is entrusted with duties of recovering the government dues and supervises functions of Kanungos and Patwaris. These Tehsildars and Naib tehsildars hold offices in separate circles as Revenue Officers. They may also work as Treasury Officer and have powers under land laws in district for uncontested mutations.

Kanungos in Jalandhar

Kanungos in Jalandhar include district Kanungo, field Kanungo, and office Kanungo. Field Kanungo is entrusted with supervision of the work of Patwaris through regular tours of his circle. On the other hand, Office Kanungo works as Tehsildar Revenue Clerk to act as custodian of records maintained by Patwari. District kanungo looks after the work of both and he keeps all the records received from them at his sadar office.

Patwaris in Jalandhar

Patwari may be the lowest ranking officer in a revenue division; his duties are quite significant for effective control and administration. He maintains records of every harvest season, records of mutations, and statistical returns for all information. Patwari is responsible to report about any calamities or diseases affecting men and crops in his circle. He properly maintains all the records and maps of his circle in his diary and work book.

Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar

Jalandhar Municipal Committee was formed in 1867 and later it was raised to become Class I municipality in 1950. It was made the municipal corporation in 1977 under Punjab Municipal Corporation Act of 1976. It primarily has eight departments for fulfilling its duties as such. These departments are:

  • Town Planning
  • Building and Roads
  • Operation and Maintenance & Street Light
  • Health and sanitation
  • House tax / Property Tax
  • License Department
  • Tehbazaari and Advertisement
  • Water supply and Sewerage

Municipal administration in Jalandhar


Jalandhar has 60 wards with elected Councilors who look after their respective wards for their proper maintenance. Government funds and local rates along with funds allotted to this corporation are the main financial resources of JMC.

Commissioner
Municipal Corporation,

Address: 1st Floor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Admin Complex,
Jalandhar City (Punjab)
Phone No: 0181-2227015
Fax No: 0181-5053070
Email: commissioner.mcj@gmail.com

Complaint Cell:
Phone No: 0181 - 2242411
Email: complaints.mcj@gmail.com

Courts in Jalandhar

Jalandhar has one court of District and Sessions Judge that was established way back in 1866. The civil courts of Jalandhar were originally situated in area between Tanda Road Crossing and Hoshiarpur Adda Crossing. The new courts complex of Jalandhar was established in 1966 near BMC Chowk.

Judicial system in Jalandhar


All the cases pertaining to crime, land disputes, marital conflicts, and corruption are attended in these courts. There is one District and Sessions Judge as well as three Additional Sessions Judges in Jalandhar district for proper functioning of its courts. Keep Reading...

Police in Jalandhar

Jalandhar has Commissionerate system of police implemented here since 15 Feb 2010. For better law and order in this region, this Commissionerate is divided into 14 police stations, 1 women police station, and 1 NRI police station. There are also separate units like crime wing, PCR Mobile vans, and traffic police integrated into this system.

Police as an important component of administration in Jalandhar


The Commissionerate has an officer of DIG/ IG rank to work as Commissioner of Police in Jalandhar. The city Commissionerate of police is directly controlled by Director General of Police, Punjab state. Jalandhar Police has many awards of gallantry and other laurels to its credit which proves its excellence for maintaining peace in this region. Read More Here.

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