SOUTH DISTRICT ZILLA PANCHAYAT
 
 
     
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In Sikkim there is a two tier system of Panchayati Raj. Zilla Panchayat at the district level and Gram Panchayat at the  village level. Prior to 1991 there was no existence of Zilla Panchayat in Sikkim. An Act for the constitution of Zilla Panchayat or District Panchayat  was enacted in the year 1982.

It was in the year 1991 South District Zilla Panchayat was constituted. Each GPU Presidents were designated as Zilla Panchayat Members. GPU Presidents were eligible to be elected to the post of Adhyakshya and Up-adhyakshya. Election of the Adhyakshya and Up-adhyakshya were held in the presence of Zilla members/GPU Presidents along with the Secretary, RMDD and Representatives of Election Department. It was only in the year 1997 Zilla Territorial Constituencies were constituted with the total of 23 ZTC in South District. 

In an initial stage the office of Zilla Panchayat was set up in the District Court Building and was shifted to the present location in 1998. However, the South District Zilla Panchyat Bhawan was formally inaugurated  by the Honorable Chief Minister of Sikkim, Dr. Pawan Kumar Chamling on November 22, 2000. Shri N Dadul Bhutia was elected as the first Adhyakshya and Shri S.T. Gyaltsen  as the first Up-adhyakshya of South District Zilla Panchayat in the year 1991. Sachiva was Ms B.M.Singh who was the then District Collector. During that time, there was no District Planning Officer and in the year 2003 the post of District Planning Officer was created and Mrs Yashoda Bhandari was the first DPO of SDZP.