Administration in Silvassa
Silvassa is the capital of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. From being a small town, this place has grown to become the largest collector of excise duty in the small and medium industry bracket amongst all the Indian states.
In the 17th and 18th century, Silvassa was a tribal village with no law and order. The tribal population inhabited the dense forests which covers almost 53% of the area. During 18th century, the territory came under Portuguese rule and with growing importance it became a town. With the starting of 19th century, Silvassa gathered more importance among the Portuguese ruler with finally becoming the heart of Portuguese rule in 1885.
Finally with India’s independence, Silvassa became a part of Indian Republic in 1961, before becoming the capital of union territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli in December 1974. Since then government of India is trying to educate the tribal population, residing the place and bring in development through industrialization.
The whole union territory has been administratively broken into two taluks:
Dadra Taluk – comprising of Dadra town and two other villages.
Nagar Haveli Taluk- comprising of Silvassa town and 68 other villages.
Both the taluks are administered by a Lieutenant Governor elected by Indian government.
Panchayati Raj in SilvassaSince 1995, a two tier Panchayati Raj is prevalent over the territory, with District or Village Panchayats individually looking after Dadra and Silvassa town along with 70 small tribal villages. These village panchayats were built with the intention of providing equal facilities to all parts of the territory. The panchayats work on different schemes like;
- Agricultural Development- providing improved seeds, fertilizers and manure to all farmers, granting loan and subsidy for commercial crops.
- Community Development- construction and maintenance of public lavatories, maintenance of
- burial grounds, house construction for poor families with yearly income less than Rs1000/-, construction and maintenance of cart stands, washing ghats and cattle ponds.
- Primary Education- providing funds for building of primary schools for kids and adult.
- Animal Husbandry- establishing markets and slaughter houses, helping in cattle breeding, veterinary centres formation, keeping stock of medicine for animals.
- Rural Electrification- formation of Kutir Jyothi Programme whereby connections are given to respective village houses, maintenance of street lights.
- Provide Safe Drinking Water
- Proper Infrastructural Development- construction and repairs of roads, bridges and drainage systems.
- Soil Conservation
- Farm Forestry- creating Green Belt Industrial Area
- Irrigation Projects- maintenance of canals, digging wells and tanks for irrigation purposes.
Silvassa Municipal CouncilThis autonomous body was established on 18th February 2006. There are elected members who run the council headed by the President. As per D&NH Municipal Council Elections Rule, all these members are selected based on ballot voting done by the locals of Silvassa.
The corporate structure of this Council is;
- Chief Officer
- Municipal Engineer
- Administrative Officer
- Deputy Engineer
- Junior Engineer
The council is being formed with the objective of looking after:
a. Administration and taxation
b. General sanitation
c. Implement poverty eradication programmes proposed by the Indian govt.
d. Cleaning of roads
e. Maintenance of public toilets
This council has helped Silvassa town with supply of safe drinking water, maintained beautiful children’s park and roads and have kept the roads clean from daily garbage disposal.
Few Members of the Current Council:
Sanjibhai Chandanben Delkar
Post: President Contact- +91-9924111777
Jigisha Chandrakant Patel
Post: Vice President Contact- +91-9824189370
Shri Kamleshbhai Raviabhai Patel
Post: Councillor Contact- +91- 9824598555
Shri Gulabbhai Zaverbhai Varli
Post: Councillor Contact- +91- 9624222866
Shri. Shaikh Mahmad Arif Nishar
Post: Councillor Contact- +91- 9427864860
With time Silvassa has outgrown itself from a small town, but has retained the essence of tribal life along with its rich art and culture.