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ADMINISTRATIVE SET-UP : Lunglei District, the biggest District in Mizoram is bounded on the nort h by Mamit and Serchhip Districts, on the south by Lawngtlai and Saiha Districts, on the east by Myanmar and on the west by Bangladesh. It has area of 4,538 Sq.kms with a population of 1,37,155 (2001 census) and 186 villages. There are three Civil Sub-Divisions namely – Lunglei Sadar Sub-Division, Tlabung and Hnahthial Civil Sub-Divisions. The District is also divided into four Rural Development Blocks – Lunglei, Hnahthial, Lungsen and Bunghmun.

ORIGIN OF LUNGLEI ADMINISTRATION TO THE PRESENT DAY :The Lushai Military Expedition under the command of Capt. J.Shakespear reached Lunglei (then Lungleh) from Chittagong in March 1889. The Expedition comprised of three officers and 250 sepoys. They built  a timber stockade known as ‘Fort Lungleh’, thus placing Lunglei under administrative control of the British Rule. The South Lushai Hills, a separate administrative unit under Chittagong Division  was constituted on 1st April 1891 till the year 1898 when the North & South Lushai Hills were amalgamated into one district known as Lushai Hills District and was placed under administrative control of Assam and a Sub-Divisional Officer posted at Lunglei as administrative head of the District. A list of SDOs posted at Lunglei as per available records is given below :

Sl. No Name From To
1 F.C.T. Halliday  1.4.1898 31.5.1898


1.6.1898 4.7.1900
3 W.C.M.Cundas   5.7.1900 8.10.1900
4 C.B.Drake-Brockman        9.10.1900   18.8.1901
5 A.R. Giles  19.8.1901  10.11.1901
6 G.P. Whalley  30.11.1901 19.10.1904

.R. Giles 

20.10.1904 25.5.1906
8 C.Feil-Man 26.5.1906 23.3.1907
9 C Shadwell   24.3.1907 23.12.1908
10 J.W.G. Buller   24.12.1908 3.5.1910
11 R.W. Vonmorde 4.5.1910 18.4.1912
12 M. Bradshaw    19.4.1912 25.12.1914
13 J.H. Grace   26.12.1914 30.12.1914

J. Needham  

31.12.1914 20.4.1917
15 M. Bradshaw   2.6.1912 31.1.1918
16 H.G. Bartley    1.2.1918 19.5.1919
17 J. Needham     20.5.1919 22.8.1919
18 W.H.Tilbury M.C.  23.8.1921 31.10.1921
19 J. Needham   1.11.1921 12.3.1922
20 W.H.Tilbury M.C.   13.3.1922  11.5.1922
21 J. Needham   12.5.1922 16.5.1922
22 H.Lischer    22.4.1924 10.12.1926
23 W.H.Tilbury M.C.   11.12.1926 30.4.1929
24 G.P.Jarman   1.5.1929  8.2.1930
25 W.H.Tilbury M.C.    9.2.1930    9.12.1932

L.L. Peter, A.C.S.  

19.1.1933 3.6.1932
27 Kevichusa, A.C.S.  3.6.1935  11.12.1935
28 L.L. Peter, A.C.S.  11.12.1935 ’37 or ‘38
29 G.P. Jarman, A.C.S.   37 or ’38   ‘39
30 L.L. Peter, A.C.S. 1939 8, 1942
31 E.S. Hyde, ACS Addl. Supdt.    42  ‘44
32 J.Dumbreak, I.C.S.  Mar 1944  
33 A.O.Bowman, I.C.S.Addl. Supdt.Dec, 1944  
34 Capt. D.A. Penn      1946  

M. Wiscot  

19.9.1947  1.6.1949
36 S.Das, A.C.S.    1.6.1949 21.2.1951
37 R.Buchhawna, A.C.S.    21.2.1951 4.10.1951
38 B.W. Ray, A.C.S.     4.10.1951  23.10.1953
39 K.L. Roy, A.C.S.    23.10.1953 19.7.1955
40 J.C.Changkakati, A.C.S.      19.7.1955  12.2.1956
41 P.H. Trivedi, I.A.S.      12.12.1956 1.12.1957
42 T.S. Gill, I.A.S.   14.12.1957 22.5.1958
43 D.S. Khongdup, A.C.S.  29.12.1959 9.5.1961

B.C. Parija, I.A.S. 

 9.5.1961 9.7.1963
45 J.N. Gohain, A.C.S.  9.7.1963 11.11.1964
46 R.V. Pilai, I.A.S.    11.11.1964  28.2.1966
47 D. S. Khongdup, A.C.S. Addl.DC    27.4.1966 17.4.1967
48 N.N. Mikherjee, I.A.S.  14.4.1967 13.10.1967
49 S.K. Chakravorty, I.A.S.  16.1.1968  18.4.1968
50 V.S. Jafa, I.A.S.      18.4.1968 12.11.1969
51 C.N.S. Nair, I.A.S.    12.11.1969 15.7.1971
52 M.K. Bezboruah, I.A.S.     16.7.1971  16.5.1972

With the constitution of the Union Territory of Mizoram on 21st January, 1972, Lunglei became one of the three Districts of Mizoram U.T and a Deputy Commissioner was posted. A list of Deputy Commissioners so far posted at Lunglei is furnished below :

Sl. No. Name From To
1 F Pahnuna, IAS      14.10.1972 13.7.1973
2 A Baijal, IAS      14.7.1973 14.5.1974
3 S.P. Aggarwal, IAS    15.5.1974  11.6.1976
4 Baleshwar Rai, IAS    12.6.1976 25.8.1978
5 F Pahnuna, IAS  26.8.1978 25.2.1982
6 Rakesh Behari, IAS  26.2.1982 5.5.1982
7 Deepak Mohan Spolia, IAS     3.3.1983 17.5.1983
8 M.M Lal, IAS    13.2.1984 11.10.1984
9 P Lalnithanga, IAS   12.10.1984  30.11.1986
10 H Raltawna, MCS     9.1.1987  22.4.1987
11 Felix Sequeira, IAS   24.4.1987 8.3.1988
12 L Tochhawng, IAS   26.4.1988 29.8.1989
13 R.L.Thanzawna, MCS  14.09.1989 30.11.1991
14 P.K.Bhattacherjee, MCS   01.12.1991 25.08.1993
15 Rajendra Kumar, IAS   26.08.1993 09.04.1995
16 C.Ropianga, IAS   10.04.1995 28.07.1998
17 K.Riachho, MCS     29.07.1998  31.07.2000
18 C.Hmingthanzuala, IAS   10.08.2000 14.11.2002
19 C.Tawnluaia, IAS  15.11.2002 11.09.2003
20 Vanengmawia, IAS   12.9.2003 06.3.2006
21 C.Thanchhuma, IAS   06.3.2006 25.10.2007
22 M.Zohmingthangi, IAS    01.11.2007  01.07.2011
23 V. Sapchhunga, IAS 14.07.11 28.02.2014
24 Ashish Madhaorao More, IAS 18.03.2014 31.01.2016
25 Abhijit Vijay Chaudhary 01.02.2016 till date

Deputy Commissioner is assisted in his day-to-day function by Additional Deputy Commissioners, Sub-Divisional Officer (Sadar), Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Assistant to Deputy Commissioners and a number of clerical staff. The Sub-Divisional Officers (Civil) who are posted in the Sub-Divisions also assist the Deputy Commissioner in the District administration.

BRANCHES OF DC’S OFFICE :The office of the Deputy Commissioner, Lunglei is divided into various Branches for smooth functioning of the office and officers are assigned as Branch Officers for the various Branches enumerated below :


Establishment Branch : The Establishment Branch deals with recruitment of staff, service matters & pension cases of all categories of employees of the office, training & disciplinary proceedings if and when initiated, Govt. Orders, Notifications and instructions, coordination with other functionaries in the District, etc. The Branch also issues Scheduled Caste/Schedules Tribe/OBC Certificates, application forms for which is readily available in the Branch.


Stationery Branch : The Branch deals with procurement of all forms and stationery items required for day to day functioning of the office as per Govt. instructions, repair and maintenance of various machines in the office, installation of telephones, electric connection, water supply and subscription of newspapers with bills for all these items.

  Land & Building Branch : Construction, repair and maintenance of office and all quarters is dealt by this Branch. The Branch also prepares appropriate answers to all questions State Legislative Assembly as well as both houses of Parliament. The Branch also deals with files concerning assessment of house rent within the District and issues Fair Rent Certificates.
  Vehicle Branch : Vehicle Branch deals with purchase, repair and maintenance of all vehicles belonging to DC Lunglei, procurement of POL, requisition of vehicles in times of Election and other emergency situations.

ILP Branch : The ILP Branch issues Inner Line Permit as per standing instructions of the Govt. of Mizoram to non residents who are requiring stay in the District for various reasons. ILP is issued for a period of six months, on expiry of which the same can be renewed twice for a period of six months each. The Pass holders have to apply afresh to D.C Aizawl after expiry of 18 months. Nominal fees are charged for issue as well as renewal of the Permits which is credited into Govt. account.


Arms Branch : The Arms Branch takes care of issue of fresh as well as Duplicate Arms Licences, renewal of Arms Licences, registration of arms and permission for retainership of arms. The Branch also issues explosive licence, Vendor Licence and permission for practice firing by security forces.


Nazarat Branch : The Branch deals with all account matters, prepares budget estimate & revised estimate of the office submits all periodical returns on expenditure statements regularly to the Govt. Collects professional tax from all employees and receive Govt. revenues and credit into Govt. account. Prepares replies to various audit notes and issues LOC to Sub-Divisions.


Census Branch : The Branch deals with registration of births and deaths. All applications for issue of Birth Certificates are scrutinized with the help of Village Census Registers maintained in the Branch for all villages under Lunglei District. The Census Branch also monitors report on rainfall and pilot scheme of Identity Cards for villages on international border.


Planning Branch : The Branch deals with matters relating to various development programmes viz 20 Points Economic Programmes, Prime Minister’s 15 Points Programme, District Planning Board, High Powered Committee for Lunglei District and various State and District Level Committees.


D.M.R Branch : The Branch deals with any kind of disasters happening in the District and relief/rehabilitation works thereof. The Branch also deals with natural calamities; collect reports on damages caused by heavy rain, floods, landslides, hailstorms, fire, damages to crops etc and provide necessary assistance both in cash and in kind. Silpaulins received from DMR Directorate are distributed on need base.


District Forum/Judicial Branch : The Branch receives complaints from all corners, scrutinize them for trial in the District Forum. The sitting of District Forum is held regularly and a large number of cases disposed of every year. The Branch also issues various prohibitory orders as and when necessary.


Circuit House Branch : The Lunglei Circuit House is having three VIP suites, three Semi VIP rooms, six two-bedded ordinary rooms and a Dormitory of seven beds. The Branch deals with reservation of accommodation, maintenance of the Circuit House, collection of room rents etc and deposit into Govt. account through Nazarat Branch.


 Important Days Branch : The Branch takes care of celebration of all important days of National and State like Independence Day, Republic Day, Teachers Day, National Integration Week, Energy Conservation Day, etc. Besides the above Branches, the following District offices are also amalgamated to DC’s Office and the heads of offices treated at Branch Officers :

  1) Election office with Election Officer at its head.
  2) Food, Civil Supplies & Consumers’ Affairs Office with District Civil Supply Officer at its head.
  3) Revenue & Settlement Office with Asst. Settlement Officer I & II at the head.
  4) Transport Office with District Transport Officer at the head. The office was recently amalgamated with the office of the MST.
  5) Printing & Stationery Office with Asst. Controller at the head.
  6) Local Administration Department with DLAO at its head.

Last Updated on June 13, 2016
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