of the Department
department is not expected to undertake any public works
or any other direct Service to the general Public. It renders
necessary advice and guidance to the urban local bodies
in the State to carry out civic administration without lapse
and lacuna. It renders also guidance to the municipalities
and municipal corporation in the augmenting their financial
resources so as to enable them to provide better civic amenities
in the municipal towns and cities. The various loans and
grants under plan and non plan schemes sanctioned to the
local bodies and drawn and disbursed to them by the department
and utilisation of the fund is watched by the department.
Director of Urban Affairs is the authority competent to
permit all the urban local bodies to raise loan from the
Kerala Urban Development Finance Corporation. He is the
appointing and disciplinary authority in respect of all
categories of employees covered by the municipal common
service except statutory appointments done by Government.
Director is administering the Kerala Municipal employees
Central Provident Fund and Pension Fund. The Pension fund
is established for the employees in the regular establishment
and the provident fund for the benefit of both regular and
contingent employees in the urban local bodies.
proper implementation of the prevention of food adulteration
Act by the urban local bodies was regularly watched by the
department. Periodical reviews are being made by the department
in the implementation of the various programmes. The revenue
collection made by the urban local bodies was being reviewed
by the department and necessary instructions imparted to
the officers concerned whenever necessary.
review of work in the local bodies was held at Regional
and State level at regular intervals, The instructions contained
in the circulars issued by the department for improving
the administration were enforced. In addition to the above
several circulars are being issued on different subjects.
The work relating to revenue collection provision
department has ** Regional Officers at Kollam, Kochi and
Kozhikode with their jurisdiction as detailed below;
Office at Kollam
Municipalities in the District of Thiruvananthapuram,
Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Corporation
of Thriuvananthapuram and Kollam
Office at Kochi
Municipalities in the Districts of Kottayam, Idukki,
Ernakulam, Thrissur, Ottappalam of Palghat District
and Corporation of Kochi and Thrissur
Office at Kozhikode
Municipalities in the District of Palakkad, Malappuram,
Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargod and Corporation
of the Regional Offices
duties assigned to the Regional Joint Directors are the
inspection of urban local bodies, clearance of audit objections,
conducting enquiries authorised by Government and the department.
the three Joint Directors have conducted random/annual inspections
during the year in almost all the urban local bodies. A
programme of inspection to cover all the municipalities
every year is chalked out and annual inspections conducted
accordingly. The regular and systematic inspections and
its strict follow up action has caused to increase the efficiency
of work in the urban local bodies to considerable extent.
important item of work performed by the Regional Joint Directors
is the enquires on the allegations against the Municipal
authorities and employees entrusted with them either by
Government or by the Director of Municipal Administration
from time to time. A number of enquiries were conducted
by them and reports submitted
enquiries made by the Regional Joint Directors
of audit objections is another important item of work now
being attended to by the Regional Joint Directors
review on collection of revenue in each urban local body
is done by the Regional Joint Directors and necessary instructions
were given to improve the collection. Meetings of the Secretaries
at Regional level were also conducted by the Regional Joint
Directors every month to discuss various aspects of municipal
administration and imparts necessary instructions to the
short the Regional Joint Directors have exercised all powers
vested with them and performed all duties assigned to them
satisfactorily. The Regional Joint Directors and the staff
have to travel extensively with in the jurisdictions for
proper discharge of their duties assigned to them.
following powers have also been delegated to Regional Joint
Directors. (Item I to (iii) are kept in abeyance.
to transfer employees in all categories of posts come in
municipal common service the scale of pay of which does
not exceed that of (I) U,D.Clerks.
Public Works Overseers Grade.I under Engineering and Town
Planning Branch and
Health inspector Grade II under Health Branch from one local
body to another with in the respective region.
To give directions to the Municipal Councils relating to
the insurance of licenses for factories, workshops etc.
To admit waive or drop claims or objections in the audit
of municipal accounts after getting the full details examined,
to conduct joint local verification of the audit reports
with Deputy Examiner of Local Fund
To permit the Municipal Secretaries to leave jurisdiction
Such of the powers as per Municipal Act delegated by the
State Election Commission relating to election of chairperson,
Vice Chairperson etc.
perform performance audit in Urban Local Bodies.