Zilla Panchayath is a body constituted under the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act,1993. The Zilla Panchayat is a body corporate and is assigned a legal status. The Zilla Panchayat is entrusted with execution of development schemes, providing civic functions in rural areas and looking after the duties of the government delegated in respect of certain department as per the schedule.
The Zilla Panchayat is an elected body :-
a) The elected members as determined under Section 160;
b) The members of the House of People and the members of the State Legislative Assembly representing a part or whole of the district whose constituencies lie within the district;
c) The members of the Council of State and the members of the State Legislative Council who are registered as electors within the district; and
d) The Adyakshas of Taluk Panchayats in the district.
The Adhyaksha shall be the executive head of the Zilla Panchayat and shall
(a) Convene, preside at and conduct meetings of the Zilla Panchayat;
(b) Discharge all duties imposed and exercise all the powers conferred on him by or under this Act of perform such functions entrusted to him by the Government from time to time
(c) Exercise overall supervision over the financial and executive administration of the Zilla Panchayat and place before the Zilla Panchayat all questions connected therewith which shall appear to him to require his orders and for this purpose may call for records of the Zilla Panchayat; and
(d) Have power to accord sanction up to a total sum of rupees one lakh in a year for the purpose of providing immediate relief to those who are affected by natural calamities in the district.
The Upadhyaksha of the Zilla Panchayat shall
(a) Exercise the powers and perform the functions of the Adhyaksha when he is absent on leave or incapacitated from functioning or when the office of Adhyaksha is vacant; and
(b) In the absence of the Adhyaksha or when the office of the Adhyaksha is vacant, preside over the meeting of the Zilla Panchayat.