ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF PANCHAYATI RAJ IN GOA
The State Ministry of Panchayati Raj is headed by the Minister for Panchayati Raj. The administrative head of the Panchayat Department is the Secretary (Panchayats). The Director of Panchayats is the Head of the Department and is also the ex-officio Joint Secretary to the Government. Prior to enactment of the Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994, the control and supervision over the PRIs in the State of Goa was with the respective District Collectors.
By virtue of the present Act, a separate Directorate of Panchayats has been set up and all the powers in respect of the Panchayati Raj which were earlier exercised by the Collector have now been assigned to the Director. The Director of Panchayats is also the Appellate Authority under the Act and exercise full control and supervision over the PRIs through the respective Deputy Directors and the Block Development Officers. The Director is assisted by two Additional Directors.
There are two Deputy Directors, one in the North Goa District and the other in South Goa District. The Twelve Block Development Officers exercise jurisdiction over their respective blocks with their offices situated at the Taluka headquarters. The North Goa District comprises of 5 Block and the South Goa District comprises of 7 Blocks. Each Block is headed by the Block Development Officer who is assisted by various Extension Officers and other technical and administrative staff.