Administration in Ajitgarh
Ajitgarh is the administrative headquarters of Ajitgarh District. The later is a part of Patiala Division and is administered by a Deputy Commissioner. Initially the town was known as Mohali. However, during the tenure of Giani Zail Singh as Chief Minister of Punjab (1972 to 1977), the city was renamed as Shahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar. Later in 2012, the name was shortened to Ajitgarh.
Administrative set up in AjitgarhFor better administration, Ajitgarh District has been divided into three tehsils, two sub tehsils and three blocks. Let us first look into them:
- Ajitgarh Tehsil, Dera Bassi Tehsil and Kharar Tehsil are the tehsils under the Ajitgarh district.
- The two sub tehsils are Majri Sub Tehsil and Banur Sub Tehsils.
- The three blocks are Kharar Block, Majri Block and Dera Bassi Block.
Ajitgarh Township falls under Kharar Block. As has been already mentioned, the city has been designated as the district headquarters. The different branches that look into its administration are the Office of the Deputy Commissioner and the Municipal Corporation of Ajitgarh.
Office of the Deputy Commissioner in AjitgarhThe Deputy Commissioner is the most important officer in the Ajitgarh district and is stationed at Ajitgarh city. He has manifold duties. As the Deputy Commissioner, he has to collect information regarding the requirements of the general public and then to convey it to the state government so that such problems can be mitigated at the earliest. It is also his duty to make the public aware of their rights and responsibilities. He also has to evaluate the working of all government departments and take required steps in case of calamities.
Moreover, as the District Magistrate, the DC has to handle the law and order situation as is required. As the District Collector, he is the custodian of all government lands. He is also the Member Secretary of District Planning and Development Board and heads different institutes such as the Appellate Court, Election Tribunal, and Red Cross Society etc.
Offices under the Deputy Commissioner in AjitgarhHowever, the DC is helped by an efficient team of subordinates. There are in fact, 2 Addl. Deputy Commissioners, 2 Assistant Commissioners, one District Revenue Officer, one District Development Panchayat Officer and Executive Magistrate etc to assist him in his work.
At the subdivision level, the work is carried on by the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) with the help of Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar, Block Development Officer, Kananga, Patwari and other officials. However, here too, the work is done under the direct supervision of the Deputy Commissioner. In short, the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Ajitgarh is actually a fulcrum around which the administration in every corner of the district is carried on.
Some Important Phone Numbers in AjitgarhFollowing are the contact numbers of few important officials of the district. Let us start with office address and phone numbers of Deputy Commissioner:
1, Franco Hotel Road
Pin Code: 160055
Phone No: 0172-2270761
One should also take note of the following officers directly responsible for administration of Ajitgarh city:
- Additional Deputy Commissioner (G): 0172-227-0771(O), 91400-8686 (M)
- Additional Deputy Commissioner (D): 0172-226-0218 (O), 98881-00321(M)
- SDM, Ajitgarh: 0172-227-4080 (O), 94172-50172 (M)
- Tehsildar Ajitgarh: 98762-00927
- Naib Tehsildar, Ajitgarh: 73557-00026
Municipal Corporation of AjitgarhHowever, the civic administration in Ajitgarh is the responsibility of the Municipal Corporation of Ajitgarh. It is run by a body of elected councilors and is headed by a Commissioner chosen from the elected members. There are also a few nominated and ex-official members in the council.
History of the Municipal Corporation of AjitgarhThe civic body was established in 1984. At that time, it was only a municipal council with only 31 wards. However, as the size of the city increased, it was evident that the status of the civic body must be upgraded to a municipal corporation. Accordingly, the government of Punjab issued a notification in January 2011 and in due course, it became a Municipal Corporation.
Various departments under Municipal Corporation of AjitgarhThe workload in Ajitgarh Municipal Corporation has been divided between ten separate departments. They are General Branch, Tax and License Department, Engineering Department, Account Department, Audit Department, Computer Department, Birth and Death, Sanitation, Water Supply and Sewerage and finally the Fire Brigade
Some important phone numbersThe Municipal Corporation is located at 1987, Phase 5, Sector 68 in Ajitgarh. The Municipal Commissioner is mostly available at this office. If you need, you can also contact him at 0172-504-4911 or at 98140-53575.
However, if you need to contact Joint Commissioner you can call at 0172-509-1619 or 98152-94040. The Assistant Commissioner can be availed at 0172-504-4909 or at 97801-30355.
Courts in AjitgarhAs we have already said, judiciary is the third branch of administration in Ajitgarh. The city now has four courts - two Additional District and Sessions Judge Courts (ADSJ Court) and one Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) and one Judicial Magistrate Court (JM).
It is to be remembered that the city was a part of Rupnagar District until very recently and hence all judicial activities ware carried on from Rupnagar. However, once the district was carved out in 2006, the judicial system too began to be relocated from Rupnagar to Ajitgarh.
The first court to open in Ajitgarh was SDJM court; it happened in July 2006. In 2007, the city got its Judicial Magistrate Court. The first ADSJ Court came up in March, 2008 while the second ADSJ Court was opened in May, 2009.
Apart from that, the Honorable High Court of Punjab has already announced its intention of opening District and Session Judges Court in Ajitgarh. Therefore it is hoped that the city is going to get its own District and Session Judge Court very soon. Once that happens, residence will be able to file litigation in the city only.
The right now the different courts are operating from its temporary location in Sector 60. However, a magnificent court complex is now being built in sector 76 and once that happens, all courts will shift to the new premises and litigant as well as lawyers and other judicial officers will be able to enjoy better facilities.