(b)   Jails and Lock-ups

Essentially of British origin, the institutions of jails form a part of a judicial system introduced by them. The administration of jails during the British regime was quite different from that which exists today. During British days, the jails functioned mainly as punishing cells. The concept of conviction for correction did not exist in most parts of the world.

      After Independence of the country in 1947, many changed have been effected in the administration of the jails which are intended to function as reformatories. Different jail committees were appointed in 1836, 1864, 1875, 1889, 1892. They made a number of recommendations on jail reform. Besides, the Prisons Act of 1870, the Prison Act of 1894, and Reformatories School Act of 1897 attempted changes ;in the administration of jails. In recent years the State Government has taken steps to improve the conditions of prisoners in the jails. Care is taken in respect of diet, health, education and emotional set-up of the prisoners. It is government policy that steps are taken to enable the prisoners to earn their livelihood on release and become useful and respectable members of society. The system is undergoing a steady change and improvement are visible.

      There is a Sub-Jail at the district headquarters at Rupnagar. Besides, there is a lock-up attached to each police station which is controlled by the Police Department.

      Sub-Jail Rupnagar :-  Formerly, it  was a judicial lock-up under the charge of Police Department. In 1958, it was converted into a Sub-Jail and was taken over by the Jail Department. It is under the charge of the Deputy Superintendent of Jail, who is assisted by 1 head Warder and 9 Warders, 1 Clerk and 1 part time Superintendent.

      A radio-set is installed in the Sub-jail of the recreation of the prisoners, For medical treatment, prisoners are sent to the Civil Hospital, Rupnagar.

      The total admissions during the year, average daily population on any one day during the year, in the Sub-jail, Rupnagar, during 1974 to1983 are given in the following table :-

Year

Total admissions during the year

Average the daily

population

Maximum population on any

day during the year

1974

1,049

38

62

1975

1,345

40

81

1976

1,691

49

84

1977

1,102

37

65

1978

995

39

72

1979

1,007

44.2

82

1980

776

44.87

66

1981

822

38.46

61

1982

882

37.39

64

1983

902

42.62

82

( Source  :  Superintendent, Sub-Jail, Rupnagar)

 

      The General Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Rupnagar is part-time Superintendent of the Sub-Jail.

      The number of convicted prisoners released on different grounds, during 1974 to 1983, are given below :-

Year

No. of prisoners released

1974

50

1975

63

1976

55

1977

48

1978

45

1979

1,013

1980

766

1981

796

1982

901

1983

882

( Source  :  Superintendent, Sub-Jail, Rupnagar)

 

Official and Non-Official Visitors

      The Jails Manual lays down that the main purpose of the visits of official and non-official visitors is to ensure that rules and regulations governing jail administrative are properly carried out. The appointed visitors meet the prisoners, listen to their complaints and note their comments in the Visitors’ Book. They also test the food given to the prisoners and check the sanitation in the jail.

      District Probation Officer, Rupnagar :-  The Probation of Offenders Act, 1958, was enforced in the Rupnagar District in June 1967 when a District Probation Officer assumed charge on 23 June 1987. The District Probation Office i sunder the control of the Chief Probation Officer, Punjab, Chandigarh, who supervises and controls the probation work of the entire State of Punjab under the overall administrative control of the Inspector General of Prisons, Punjab, Chandigarh.

      The Probationer Officer is to enquire into the circumstances, home surroundings, character and general antecedents of the accused person, in accordance with direction of the Judicial Courts, with a view to assisting the courts in determining the most suitable method of dealing with the accused and is also required to submit social investigation reports of the offenders when asked for by the courts.

      In case of an offender below 21 years of age, the courts have been restricted from passing any sentence of imprisonment unless such an offender is considered undesirable for release on probation.

      The following table shows the number of prisoners released on probation on various grounds, during the years 1973 to 1983 :-

Year

Prisoners released on probation

 

Under supervision

Without supervision

Under Section 3 of Probation Act after admission

Social investigation report

1973

43

11

2

1

1974

42

14

5

1

1975

38

46

-

-

1976

58

51

-

-

1977

33

21

-

1

1978

41

83

-

2

1979

32

207

-

13

1980

40

263

-

2

1981

79

135

-

1

1982

103

127

-

1

1983

103

172

-

-

( Source  :  District Probation Officer, Rupnagar)

 

(c)    Organisation of Civil and Criminal Courts

The judicial organization in the Rupnagar District comprises a District and Sessions Judge and an Additional District and Sessions Judge at the district headquarters. For criminal cases, a Chief Judicial Magistrate, and for civil cases, a Senior Subordinate Judge and one additional Senior Sub-Judge, functions under the control and supervision of the District and Sessions Judge. At the district headquarters, the civil and criminal cases are dealt with by three Judicial Officers to whom the work is allotted by the Chief Judicial Magistrate and the Senior Subordinate Judge. Similarly at subdivision level, these are two judicial officers at Kharar and one at Anandpur Sahib who dispose of civil and criminal cases under the control of the District and Sessions Judge. The civil cases are instituted direct in the courts at the subdivision headquarters, whereas regarding criminal cases, separate police stations are allotted to different judicial officer who deal with the cases of those police stations which fall under their jurisdiction.

Civil Justice

            On the civil side, the District and Sessions Judge, Rupnagar, is assisted by an Additional District Judge, and a decrees of Sub-Judges of all classes up to Rs. 20,000 and four Sub-Judges (tow posted at Kharar and one each at Anandpur Sahib and Rupnagar). All the four Sub-judges are enjoying Ist Class powers.

            The civil courts try all types of cases of civil nature upto the powers with which each Sub-Judge or Senior Subordinate Judge has been invested.

            Additional District Judge, Rupnagar :-  On the civil side, the Additional District and Sessions Judge is known as the Additional District Judge. he hears appeals against the judgements and decrees of Sub-Judges of all classes up to Rs. 20,000 and hears cases under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and also as Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal.

            Senior Subordinate Judge, Rupnagar :- The Senior Subordinate Judge exercises ordinary civil appellate powers. He hears cases as rent controller for grant of succession certificates, insolvency cases, cases under the Hindu Marriage Act, Guardian and Wards Act, the Workmans’ Compensation Act, suits under the Torts and Indian Contract Act, 1872, etc.

            Additional Senior Sub-Judge, Rupnagar :- The additional Senior Sub Judge, exercises jurisdiction to try suits of any value. He tries all types of cases tried by the Senior Sub-Judge except cases under the Guardian and Wards Act and Workman’s Compensation Act. He discharges the duties of Senior Sub-Judge in the absence of latter.

            Sub-Judge Ist Class :-  All the Sub-Judges exercise jurisdiction to try suits of any value. They also try all types of cases tried by the Senior Sub-Judge, except cases under the Guardian and Wards Act and Workman’s Compensation Act.

            The following statement shows the number of civil regular cases decided in the Subordinate Courts of Rupnagar District from 1974 to 1983 :-

Year

Number of cases decided

1974

1,381

1975

1,335

1976

1,654

1977

1,790

1978

1,877

1979

2,232

1980

2,231

1981

2,357

1982

2,812

1983

2,982

( Source  :  District and Sessions Judge, Rupnagar)

 

Criminal Justice

            The Sessions Judge, Rupnagar, is incharge of criminal criminal administration in the district. He is assisted by an Additional Sessions Judge and the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Rupnagar and one Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Ist class and One Judicial Magistate Ist Class at Rupnagar, One Judicial Magistrae Ist, class, at Anandpur Sahib, and tow Judicial Magistrate Ist Class at Kharar. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Rupnagar, funtions under the control and supervision of the District and Sessions Judge, Rupnagar and other Judicial Magistrates in this Sessions Division work under the control of the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

            The Chief Judicial Magistrate and Sub-Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, deal with all types of Criminal cases, except cases exclusively triable by Court of Session, Special Courts and Executive Magistrates. The Chief Judicial Magistrate is vested with the powers of a Judicial Magistrate Ist Class, but has the power to try juvenile offenders, also. He exercise control regarding distribution of work amongst the other Judicial Magistrates and also appoints duty Magistrates. Summary powers also exercised by him and other Senior Judicial Magistrates. He also executed process issued by the Supreme Court and High Court of Punjab and Haryana Maklhana is also under his control.

            In the district, all Sub-Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrate try cases under the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Punjab Excise Act, 1914, and other Special Acts relating to police stations under their jurisdiction. They have the powers to issue warrants to land holders; to issue search warrants for a person wrongly confined; to record statements and confessions during police investigation; to recover penalty on forfeited bond; and to order released convicts to notify residence, etc. All criminals apprehended by the police are produced before the Judicial Magistrate in whose jurisdiction the criminal may have been apprehended or the crime may have been committed. After investigation, the police puts up the challans in the Court of Judicial Magistrate who also acts as Ilaka Magistrate and keeps a watch on the investigation of criminal cases.

            The cases relating to breach of public peace and other preventive provisions under the Criminal Procedure Code are tried by the Sub Divisional Magistrate of Rupnagar, Kharar and Anandpur Sahib. They also perform executive duties in addition to trial of such cases.

            The following statement shows the number the criminal cases tried by the Criminal Courts in the district during 1974 to 1983 :-

Year

Regular Cases

Security cases

Summary cases

1974

3,247

-

4,359

1975

2,275

-

4,495

1976

5,272

-

5,441

1977

4,611

-

1,928

1978

2,627

-

2,890

1979

2,261

-

3,274

1980

2,194

-

5,290

1981

1,841

-

6,335

1982

1,942

-

7,149

1983

1,926

-

6,081

( Source  :  District and Sessions Judge, Rupnagar)

 

            Prosecution Agency :-   The Prosecuting Agency was separated from the Police Department with effect from 1 April 1974. The posts of Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police, Prosecuting Inspectors and Prosecuting Sub-Inspectors in the Police Department were abolished and Directorate of Prosecution and Litigation was set up in the State under the administrative control of the State Home Departemnt.

            In the district, the Prosecuting Agency is divided in two winds, namely, District Prosecuting Agency, and Legal Advisory Agency. The head of Prosecuting Agency in the district is the District Attorney who is assisted by Assistant District Attorneys Grade-I, and Assistant District Attorneys Grade-II, who have been appointed as Additional Public Prosecutors, and Assistant Public Prosecutors, respectively under the Code of Criminal Procedure and are also appointed as Government Pleaders under its Code of Civil Procedure. Thus, the District Attorney, with the assistance to Assistant District Attorneys Grade-I and Assistant District Attorneys Grade-II, conducts criminal and civil cases of the State and its officers in the various courts in the district. The District Attorney works in the court of Sessions Judge, the Assistant Sessions Judge, whereas the Assistant District Attorneys Grade-II work as Assistant Public Prosecutors in the courts of the Magistrates. They also advice the District Magistrate and other Heads of Offices in the district on matters involving legal points. The District Magistrate in the district supervises and controls the functioning of the Prosecuting Agency.

            With the abolition of the posts of Prosecuting Deputy Superintendents of Police, Prosecuting Inspectors and Prosecuting Sub-Inspectors in 1974, the Police Department was left with no Law Officers who could guide them in legal matters. One Assistant District Attorney (Legal) is posted in the Police Department to render legal advice to the Senior Superintendent of Police and other Police Officers in the district. The Assistant District Attorney (Legal), incharge of Legal Advisory Agency, is on the cadre strength of the Directorate of Prosecution, and Litigation but is posted in the Police Department under the direct control of the Senior Superintendent of Police. the Assistant District Attorney in the Legal Advisory Agency is liable to be shifted to the Prosecuting Agency after two or three years and vice versa.

            The District Attorney, Rupnagar, as incharge of the Prosecuting Agency, is assisted by 3 Assistnat District Attorneys Grade-I and 7 Assistant District Attorneys Grade-II, besides allied Class III and class IV staff.

            The Prosecution and Litigation Department, Punjab also provides free legal aid to the poor persons as defined in the Punjab State Grant of Free Legal Service and Advice to the Poor Rules, 1977. For this purpose, Legal Aid Bureaus have been set up throughout the State. Two such bureaus are functioning in the Rupnagar District, one each at Rupnagar and Kharar. Each of the Legal Aid Bureaus is headed by an Assistant District Attorney Grade II. These bureaus make adequate arrangements for providing free legal service and advice to the poor and weaker sections of the people with a view to bringing the system of justice within their reach and thereby making the legal process surer means to social and economic justice. They maintain a list of lawyers who offer aid for the working  of the Scheme. No Legal Practitioner on the list of any Bureau or any Law Officers shall charge any remuneration from an aided person in any from whatsoever.

Gram Panchayat Courts

            With a view to decentralizing authority and to strengthening the roots of democracy, the Punjab Gram Panchayat Act, 1952, was passed. Under the Act, certain civil, criminal and revenue powers are vested in the panchayats. Petty cases of various categories are disposed of by the panchyats. This had lessened  the burden of heavily occupied courts. Besides, it has enhanced the prestige and raised the status of the panchayats. The panchayats are competent to grant bail to an individual against a surety not exceeding Rs. 500.

            On the criminal side, a gram panchayat  tries offences specified in Schedule I-A dn I-B of the Punjab Gram Panchayat Act, 1952. The panchayats are also competent to take cognizance suo moto of cases falling under section 160, 228, 264. 277, 289, 290, 294 and 510 of the Indian Penal Code and under section 3 and 4 of the Juvenile Smoking Act, 1918 (or any other Act for the time being in force).

            On the civil and revenue side, the panchayats are competent to try suits for recovery of movable property or the value of such property; suits for money or goods due on contracts or price thereof; suits for compensation for wrongfully taking or injuring movable property; and suits mentioned in clauses (j), (k), (i) and (n) of sub-sections (3) of section 77 of the Punjab Tenancy Act, 1887 (or any other Act for the time being in force). While trying such suits, the panchayat is deemed to be a civil or criminal or revenue courts as the case may be.

            The following statement shows the judicial work done by the panchayats in the district, during 1973-74 to 1982-83 :-

Judicial work done by Panchayat in the Rupnagar District during 1973-74 to 1982-83

 

 

Revenue Cases

 

1973-74

 

1974-75

 

1975-76

 

1976-77

 

1977-78

 

1978-79

 

1979-80

 

1989-81

 

1981-82

 

1982-83

1

Cases pending at the beginning of the year

90

82

87

60

58

60

16

25

31

29

2

Cases instituted

73

86

39

41

24

21

33

28

32

24

3

Cases received by transfer

2

4

5

4

3

1

-

5

-

1

4.

Cases transferred from panchayats and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cases returned from presentation to courts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and panchayats

3

9

7

2

-

1

-

-

-

1

5

Cases decided

80

76

64

45

25

65

24

27

34

23

 

(a) Cases dismissed

8

8

12

14

18

51

17

7

9

7

 

(b) Cases compounded

64

67

52

31

7

2

7

18

22

16

 

(c) Cases decreed

8

1

-

-

-

12

-

2

3

-

6

Cases pending at the end of the year

82

87

60

58

60

16

25

31

29

30

 

Criminal Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Cases pending at the beginning of the year

743

760

468

151

88

79

88

31

36

21

2

Cases instituted

99

45

61

61

21

29

37

35

31

50

3

Cases received by transfer

7

3

24

6

1

10

7

10

3

1

4

Cases transferred from panchayats for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

presentation to courts and panchayats

7

7

6

14

4

5

2

5

4

1

5

Cased decided

82

333

396

116

27

25

98

36

45

43

 

(a) Cases dismissed

23

255

59

47

7

7

45

17

3

14

 

(b) Cases compounded

59

76

331

69

17

13

50

15

41

29

 

(c) Cases convicted

-

2

6

-

3

5

3

4

1

-

6

Cases pending at the end of the year

760

468

151

88

79

88

32

36

21

28

( Source  :  Director, Rural Development and panchayats, Punjab, Chandigarh )

 

 

(d)   Bar Associations

In order to promote the study and practice of scientific law, Bar Associations have been formed in various districts of the State. These Associations maintain a higher standard of professional conduct, and promote the interests of the lawyers. Besides, these help the courts to administer justice and to promote a sense for law and order in public mind. The Judges are also recruited from the Bar.

There are three Bar Associations in the District, one each at Rupnagar, Kharar and Anandpur Sahib. The Bar Associations, Rupnagar was formed in about 1920 and it had 61 members, as on 31 March 1983. The Bar Association Kharar had 36 members. The Bar Association, Anandpur Sahib was formed in 1966 and it had 21 members in 1983

 

CHAPTER XIII

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

            In all the states in the country, the district is the most important unit of administration. In the state of Punjab, all the departments of Government are represented at the district level by middle or senior level officials. Even though Rupnagar is comparatively a small district, officials in all the disciplines are posted at the district headquarters. Departments concerned with development are especially well served. as explained  in Chapter X on ‘General Administration’, the Deputy Commissioner performs the crucial function of co-ordination the activities of all these departments in the field, even though the various specialists are responsible to their departmental superiors for their functioning. The system makes for a certain measure of decentralisation, which is convenient for the common public.

(a)   Public Works Departments

Three different departments perform the function of execution and maintenance of public works. These are the Departments of PWD (Buildings and Roads) the Department of PWD (Public Health) and the Irrigation Branch. In 1977, the work of Public Health (sanitary engineering) was divided between the PWD (Public Health) for rural areas, and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board for urban areas. The Board, however, carries out only new works in towns, besides supplying technical services to the local municipalities. The work of operation and maintenance of the sanitation systems in towns is carried out by the Municipality concerned.

The normal pattern of staffing of all the Public Works Departments is for a Chief Engineer as head of the department, controlling a certain number of circles, each headed by a Superintending Engineer. Four or five divisions, each headed by an Executive Engineer, constitute a circle, and each division is further composed of 5 subdivisions, each in the charge of Sub-Divisional Officer (also designated as Assistant Engineer). Thus hierarchy is common to all the Public Works Departments. The minus with that of a district, so that in a district like Rupnagar, some departments might be served with a Superintending Engineer at the district headquarters and others with only an Executive Engineer.

(i)         Executive Engineer, Construction Division, P.W.D., B.&R. Rupnagar :-  Started in 1968, this division had five sub-divisions, viz. Provincial Sub Divisions, P.W.D., B.&R. Rupnagar (opened in 1847); Construction Sub Division, P.W.D., B.&R., Anandpur Sahib (opened in 1970); Construction Sub Divisions, P.W.D., B.&R, Nurpur Bedi (opened in 1970); Construction Sub Division, P.W.D., B.&R, Nangal (opened in 1977) and Construction Sub Division P.W.D., B.&R, Rupnagar now at Anandpur Sahib (opened in 1974), each under a Sub Divisional Engineer.

(ii)        Executive Engineer, P.W.D., Public Health Division, Rupnagar :-  The nomenclature “Public Health” of this Public Works Department is misleading. The work of the department is confined to sanitary engineering, including water supply and sewerage, and in areas outside the towns. In urban areas, the local municipality performs the same functions, with technical assistance from the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Started in 1969, this division had 4 subdivisions. viz. P.W.D. Public Health Sub Division No.I Rupnagar (opened in 1969); P.W.D., Public Health Sub Division No. II, Nangal (opened in 1975)’ P.W.D., Public Health Sub Division, Nurpur Bedi (opened in 1975); P.W.D., Public Health Sub Division, Anandpur Sahib (opened in 1978), each under a Sub Divisional Engineer. The engineer are assisted by technical and other staff at lower levels.

            The Executive Engineer, P.W.D., Public Health Division, Rupnagar, is under the administrative control of the Superintending Engineer, P.W.D., Public Health Circle, Patiala.

            The main functions of the Public Health Department are the execution, operation and maintenance works of water supply and sanitation schemes in rural areas, and also in Government buildings and institutions.

(iii)       Superintending Engineer, Project Circle, Irrigation Brach, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar :-  Opened in February 1977, this circle has two divisions under it, viz. Project Division No. I, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Project Division No. II, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, each under an Executive Engineer.

            The Superintending Engineer is under the supervision and administrative control of the Chief Engineer, Projects, Chandigarh.

            The main functions of this circle in the Rupnagar District are : to prepare schemes and project estimates for lift the flow irrigation from drains, nallas and chos and canals; to collect satistical data from the field, Revenue and Irrigation Departments and data regarding underground water balance from Director, Water Resources and Tubewells; blockwise feasibility reports for installation of tubewells by the Punjab State Tubewells Corporation after analysing the available data; to investigate and prepare feasibility reports for storage of flood water across small nallas and chos in the district for utilization of water during lean period; to compile rainfall data in the State after getting necessary information from all the Superintending Engineers of Irrigation Branch and other sources and prepare yearly rainfall maps therefrom. Besides, its functions include preparation of maps on the basis of sub-soil data collected from the Superintending Engineers, incharge of running and construction circles; and to investigate/prepare any other scheme ordered by the Government for the district.

            Executive Engineer, Project Division No. I, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar :-  The division has been functioning since 1968-89, but was shifted to the Rupnagar District in February 1976. This division has 2 subdivisions, viz. Statistical Sub Division, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Irrigation Investigation Sub Division No. II, Rupnagar. Each subdivision is under the charge of a Sub Divisional Officer who is assisted by other staff.

            Executive Engineer, Project Division No. II, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar :- This division had been functioning since 1968-69 but was shifted to the Rupnagar District in March 1976. This division has one subdivision under it, viz. Irrigation Project Sub Division No. I, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar. It is under the charge of a Sub Divisional Officer.

(iv) Superintending Engineer, Anandpur Sahib Hydel Construction Circle, Chandigarh :- Opened in July 1973, this circle has four divisions under it, viz. Hydel Construction Division No. 1, Nangal; Hydel Construction Division No. II, Ganguwal; Hydel Construction Division No. IV, Nangal; and Hydel Field Division, Nangal, each under an Executive Engineer.

            The Superintending Engineer is under the supervision and administrative control of the Chief Engineer, Projects, Chandigarh. The main functions of this circle in the Rupnagar District are : to construct new Anandpur Sahib Hydel Channel from Nangal to Kiratpur Sahib and to constructed power houses at Ganguwal and Nakkian for generating electricity.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Construction Division No.1, Nangal :-  This division was opened in July 1973. This division has 5 sub-divisions, viz. Hydel Construction Sub Division No.1. Each subdivision is under the charge of Sub Divisional Officer, Sub Division No. III; Civil Sub Division No. 1; and Hydel Construction Mechanical Sub Division No.1, all located at Nangal. Each subdivision is under the charge of a Sub Divisional Officer.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Construction Division No. II, Ganguwal :-  This division was opened in July 1978. This division had 5 subdivisions, viz. Hydel Construction Sub Division No. IV; Hydel Construction Sub Division No. V; Hydel Construction Diveion No. VI; Civil Sub Division No. II; and Hydel Mechanical Sub Division No. II, all located at Ganguwal. Each sub-division is under the charge of a Sub Divisional Officer.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Construction Division No. IV, Nangal :-  This division was opened in October 1977. This division has 3 subdivisions, viz. Mechanical Sub Division No. VII; Mechanical Sub Division No. VII; and Mechanical Sub Division No. IX, all located at Nangal, Each subdivision is under the charge of a Sub Divisional Officer.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Field Division, Nangal :-  This division was opened in October 1977. This division has 5 sub-divisions, viz. Field Sub Division No. I; Field Sub Division No. II; Field Sub Division No. III, Field Sub Division No. VI; and Mechanical Sub Division, each located at Nangal.

(v)        Superintending Engineer, Anandpur Sahib Hydel Mechanical Circle, Chandigarh :-  Opened in October, 1978, this circle has four divisions, the Hydel Mechanical Division No. I, Kotla; Hydel Quality Control Division, Nangal; Hydel Construction Division No. III, Kotal; and Hydel Mechanical Division No. III, Nangal, each under an Executive Engineer.

            The Superintending Engineer is under the supervision and administrative control of the Chief Engineer, Projects, Chandigarh,

            The main functions and activities of this circle in the Rupnagar District are : construction of Power House No. II at Nakkian alongwith construction of Hydel Channel beyond old reach RD (Reduced Distance) 20,800 to tail; procurement of stores of Anandpur Sahib Hydel Project; inspection and quality control of project design of concrete mixer, taking of field samples, laboratory tests, investigation, etc., and personnel cell work.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Mechanical Division No. 1, Kotla :-  This division was opened in 1975. This division has 4 subdivisions, viz. Hydel Mechanical No. II, Kotla; Hydel Mechanical Sub Division, Ganguwal, and Hydel Mechanical Sub Division, Nangal.

            Esecutive Engineer, Hydel Quality Control Division, Nangal :-  This division was opened in December 1976. This division has four subdivisions under it, viz. Hydel Quality Control Sub Division No. 1, Nangal; Hydel Quality Control Sub Division No. II, Nangal; Hydel Quality Control Sub Division, Kotal; and Hydel Quality Control Sub Division, Ganguwal. Each subdivision is under the charge of a Sub Divisional Officer.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Construction Division No. II, Kotla :- This division was opened in 1977. This division has five subdivisions, viz. Hydel Construction Sub Division No. I, Hydel Construction Sub Division No. II, Hydel Construction Sub Division No. III, Hydel Construction Sub Division No. IV, and Hydel Construction Sub Division No. V, all located at Kotla.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Mechanical Divisions No. III, Nangal :-  This division was opened in October 1977. This division has three subdivisions under it, viz. Hydel Mechanical Sub Division No. I, Hydel Mechanical Sub Division No. II, and Hydel Mechanical Sub Division No. III, all located at Nangal.

(iv)       Superintending Engineer, Investigation Circle, Irrigation Branch, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ngar :-  

            Opened in 1971, this circle has one division under it, viz. Intensive Investigation Division, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, functioning under an Executive Engineer.

            The Superintending Engineer is under the supervision and administrative control of the Chief Engineer, Projects Chandigarh.

            The main functions of this circle are : to investigate schemes for providing irrigation in kandi area of Rupnagar and Hoshiarpur districts and to investigate schemes regarding check dams on various khads in lower Shiwalik Hills in Rupnagar and Hoshiarpur Districts.

            Executive Engineer, Intensive Investigation Division, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar :-  This division was opened in July 1973. The division has four subdivisions under it, viz. Intensive Investigation Sub Division No. I, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar; Intensive Investigation Sub Division No. III, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar. Intensive Investigation Sub Division No. III, Patiala, and Intensive Investigation Sub Division No. IV, Rupnagar.

            (vii) Superintendent Engineer, Hydel Project, Circle, Chandigarh :-

             Opened in March 1976, this Circle has one division under it, viz. Hydel Investigation Division, Rupnagar, functioning under an Executive  Engineer.

            The Superintending Engineer is under the supervision and administrative control of the Chief Engineer, Projects, Chandigarh.

            The main functions of this circles in the Rupnagar District are to investigate new schemes.

            Executive Engineer, Hydel Investigation Division, Rupnagar :-  This division was opened in May 1977. This division has one subdivision under it, viz. Hydel Survey Sub Division Rupnagar.

            (viii)     Superintending Engineer, Satluj Yamuna Link Canal Project Circle, Irrigation Branch, Punjab, Chandigarh.

            Opened in January 1977, this circle has two divisions, viz. Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Division No. I , Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Division No. I , Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, each under an Executive Engineer.

            The Superintending Engineer is under the supervision and administrative control of the Chief Engineer, Projects, Chandigarh.

            This Circle has been entrusted with the construction of that part of the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal Project which falls in Punjab, and to supply the share of Ravi Beas water to Haryana State. The total length of the canal to be constructed will be about 109.5 km, out of which 66 km falls in the Rupnagar District.

            Executive Engineer, Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Division No. 1, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar :-  This division was opened in January 1977, has four subdivisions, viz. Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No.1, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No. II, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No. III, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No. IV, Anandpur Sahib.

            executive Engineer, Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Division No. II, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar :-  This division was opened in February 1977. This division has three subdivisions viz. Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No. V, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No. VI, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, and Satluj Yamuna Link Investigation Sub Division No. VII, Morinda.

(b)   Public Relations Department

The department is represented at the district level by the District Public Relations Officer, Rupnagar. He is assisted by 2 Assistant Public Relations Officers (one each at Rupnagar and Anandpur Sahib), 3 Tahsil Publicity Organizers (one each at three sub divisional headquarters), 1 Field Publicity Assistant and supporting office staff, 2 Information Centre, Assistance (one each at Rupnagar and Anandpur Sahib), I Drama Inspector, one Radio Mechanic, 2 Cinema Operators (one each at Rupnagar and Anandpur Sahib), one Stage Master, 1 Tabla Master, 1 Harmonium Master, 5 Actors, besides other ministerial Class III and miscellaneous Class IV staff.

            The main functions of this office is to enlighten the public about the government’s policies and programmes through various activities. It organizes melas, conferences, public meetings, dramas and variety shows, cinema shows, kavi-darbars (poetic symposia), dhadi darbars, etc. It also maintains contact with the rural and urban masses through various publicity media, e.g. distribution of literature, news items issued to the press, radio broadcasting and television programmes, arrangement of exhibitions, etc. A special documents film entitled ‘Roop Nagar’ depicting the progress and developments of the Rupnagar District had been produced and released by the department.

            The office also runs two information centres, one each at Rupnagar and Anandpur Sahib, which provide service to tourists. Under the Community Viewing Scheme, seven T.V. sets were installed during 1982-83 in the district.

(c) Co-operative Department

            The department is represented at the district level by two Assistant Registrars, viz. the Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Rupnagar and the Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Anandpur Sahib. They are under the administrative control of the Deputy Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Rupnagar (office established in 1970), and under the overall control of the Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Punjab, Chandigarh.

            The office of the Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Rupnagar, was established in 1962 and of the Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Anandpur Sahib in September 1976.

            The main functions of the office are : to ensure healthy growth and development of the co-operative movement; to register co-operative societies; to provide requisite credit to the members of the societies for the purchase of fertilizers, installation of tubewells, farm loans and to distribute pesticides, seeds, etc. to recover loans and to distribute essential commodities, e.g. sugar, flour, ghee, etc. in the rural areas.

 

 

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