Zilla Parishad is a local government body at the district level in India. It looks after the administration of the rural area of the district and its office is located at the district headquarters. The Hindi word Parishad means Council and Zilla Parishad translates to District Council
Members of the Zilla Parishad are elected from the district on the basis of adult franchise for a term of five years. Zilla Parishad has minimum of 50 and maximum of 75 members. There are seats reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, backward classes and women.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is an IAS officer, heads the administrative machinery of the Zilla Parishad. The CEO supervises the divisions of the Parishad and executes its development schemes.
Provide essential services and facilities to the rural population and the planning and execution of the development programmes for the district.
Supply improved seeds to farmers. Inform them of new techniques of training. Undertake construction of small-scale irrigation projects and percolation tanks. Maintain pastures and grazing lands.
Set up and run schools in villages. Execute programmes for adult literacy. Run libraries.
Start Primary Health Centers and hospitals in villages. Start mobile hospitals for hamlets, vaccination drives......