New Delhi district is headed by District Magistrate, who has under him an Additional District Magistrate, three Sub-Divisional Magistrates, two Tehsildars and one Sub-Registrar. The District Magistrates of the New Delhi District reports to Divisional Commissioner. He is the controlling/supervising officer guiding and facilitating the work as well as the head of the Revenue Department at the district level.
The District Administration carries out varied functions including magisterial matters, revenue courts, issue of various statutory certificates/documents, registration of property, conduct of elections, disaster management, relief & rehabilitation, land acquisition and recovery of arrears under Revenue Recovery Act and other miscellaneous functions/tasks given by the government which usually do not fall under any other department or functions which fall under more than one department requiring condonation between different agencies.
Allocation of Business Rules
1. Relief & Rehabilitation
2. Citizenship, Nationality & Scheduled Caste
3. Land Acquisition
4. Haj Pilgrimage
5. Recovery in state of claim in respect of taxes & other public demands including arrears of land revenue & sum recoverable as such arrears, arising outside the state.
Duties Performed by the Department
District Magistrates and Additional District Magistrates are Collectors and Additional Collectors as per different Revenue Laws operating in Delhi. Sub Divisional Magistrates are designated as Assistant Collectors and Revenue Assistants and are primarily responsible for day to day revenue work. The subordinate revenue staff consisting of Girdavars, Kanungos and Patwaries are supervised by Tehsildars who are involved in field level revenue activities.
Issue of Certificates
Sub Divisional Magistrates are empowered to issue various kinds of statutory certificates including SC/ST & OBC, Domicile, and Nationality etc.
Registration of property documents, sale deeds, power of attorneys, share certificates and all other documents which need to be compulsorily registered as per law is made at Sub Registrar Office which is located at Vikas Sadan, INA, New Delhi. District Magistrate is Registrar for his respective district and exercise supervisory control over the Sub Registrar.
District Magistrate is District Election Officer and Returning Officer for Parliamentary Constituency. Additional District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Magistrates are Returning Officers for Assembly Constituencies and Electoral Registration Officers in respect of Electorates in their jurisdiction. The District Officer is primarily responsible for conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections. The District Administration is also responsible for maintenance and revision of Voters List, for issue of Voters Photo Identity Card (EPIC Cards) and Voters Certificate under the supervision and control of Election Commission of India and Chief Electoral officer, Delhi.
Additional District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Magistrates exercise powers of Executive Magistrates. In this role they are responsible for operating preventive sections of Code of Criminal Procedure. They also carry out enquiries in cases of unnatural deaths of women within seven years of marriage and issue directions to the police for registration of case, if required.
Additional District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Magistrates are empowered to conduct enquiries into custodial deaths including deaths in police lockup, jails, and women homes etc. The officers of this department are also expected to act as eyes and ears of the government and conduct enquiries into all major accidents including major fires incidents, riots and natural calamities etc.
Registration of Marriage
District Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Magistrates are conferred with powers as registrars of marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act and Special Marriage Act. This power is ordinarily exercised by the Additional District Magistrate who is responsible for registration and solemnization of marriages.
Relief and Rehabilitation
This department is given the primary responsibility for relief and rehabilitation operations in any calamity whether natural or man-made. District Magistrate Offices carry out relief operations during flood, fires, crop failures, droughts and other calamities. He is also responsible for coordinating and implementing disaster management plan for natural and chemical disasters and awareness generation programme on disaster preparedness is being carried out with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme. This department is also involved in management of migrant camps and distribution of relief and pension to J&K Migrants, Punjab Migrants and 1984 Riots Victims etc.