• The Director is the Chief Controlling Authority and the main function of the Directorate is to have an effective co-ordination with the City Corporations and ULBs as well as with the Deputy Commissioner of each District on the one hand and the Secretariat in the Government on the Other hand. (An IAS officer is working as Director who is the Head of the Department). The Directorate has the responsibility to supervise the function of the municipalities, work out suitable human resource policies, exercise disciplinary control over the staff of municipalities, monitor the tax collection of ULBs, lay down policies for transparency in expenditures and hear appeals against the decisions of municipalities. Release the Government grants to the ULBs to implement schemes of State and Central government. The Directorate also collects statistics from ULBs and helps in the preparation of municipal statistics. The details of various activities are as follows:-
a) The Director exercising the powers delegated under K.M. Act 1964 and other provision as stipulated in the Rules which are prescribed in Municipal Volume I & II (except the powers delegated to Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Tahasildar and ULBs).
b) Perform the duties as Chief Controlling Authority under Section 303 of K M Act 1964.
c) Exercise the Powers of Disciplinary Authority in respect of Group B & C Employees.
d) Appointing Authority of Group B & C Employees on compassionate grounds as per Rule 4(2)(b) of C & R Rules.
e) Supervision of the following Schemes such as:-
(i) SFC Untied / Special /Water Scarcity Grants
(ii) Central Finance Commssion Grants
(iv) Municipal Reforms
(v) Solid Waste Management (SWM)
(vi) Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM)
(vii) CMSMTDP (Nagarothana)
(viii) Indira Canteen Scheme
(ix) Pourakarmika Gruha Bhagya Yojana
• Disbursement of various grants to Urban Local Bodies and City Corporations on such terms and conditions as prescribed by Government from time to time.
• Directorate is also required to draw up an Urban Development Policy program and give necessary guidelines for building up of its assets, beside enforcing prompt collection of various taxes and fees.
• To design or arrange to design the upgrades to the existing applications as and when necessary and also to design the new modules for municipal services through Karnataka Data Municipal Society.
• Participatory, action-oriented training to improve knowledge skills and attitude for managing urban processes of today. Conducting national and international level workshops/study tours to peer exchange ideas / practices through City Managers’ Association Karnataka.
Source: DMA, GoK.