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Suo-motu Disclosure u/s 4 of the RTI Act,2005.

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Name of the Department Public Health Engineering Department, Govt. of W.B.
Office address Janaswasthya Karigari Bhawan (NIJALAYA), CN8, Street Number 18, CN Block, Sector V, Bidhannagar, Pin – 700091.
Phone Number (033) 2952-0150, 2952-0151, 2952-0152, 2952-0162, 2952-0176.

4(1)(b)(i) The particulars of its organization, function and duties:-

Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) was created as an independent full-fledged Department in 1987 vide Home (C & E) Department’s Notification No. 16664-AR dated 2.9.1987. Earlier Health & Family Welfare Department of the State Government had a Public Health Engineering Wing. As per Rules of Business of the State Government, Public Health Engineering Department controls the Water Supply & Sanitation Budget of the State Government (major head 2215/4215) and undertakes programmes of implementation of water supply and sanitation services mainly through Public Health Engineering Directorate under its administrative control.

Currently, however, Panchayet & Rural Development Department controls the Budget of Rural Sanitation and has been made the Nodal Department for Rural Sanitation. The Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Departments are now looking after activities of Urban Sanitation and Sewerage Sector. Therefore, main activities of PHED are now related to Rural and Urban Water Supply Sectors. In the Urban Water Supply Sector, sectoral activities are mostly limited within areas of the State outside Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA). PHED also controls partially the Budget of Hill Area Development (major head 2551) so far as provision for water supply is concerned. Budgetary control is also exercised by PHED on Loans to Urban Local Bodies for implementation of Urban Water Supply Schemes (major head 6215). PHED has to arrange for water supply and sanitation measures in fairs and festivals for which fund is provided under major head 2250 of Social Welfare Department. PHED has to carry out original works of Health & Family Welfare Department under major heads 4210 and 2210 so far as water supply in hospitals and health institutions is concerned. PHED is also involved in maintenance of non-residential Government buildings under the major head 2059 of PWD.

PHEDhas to operate and maintain three Sewerage & Drainage schemes (Kalyani, Berhampur and Nabadwip) completed under Ganga Action Plan (Phase I). Implementation of Sewerage & Drainage schemes for 4 (four) more towns have been entrusted to Public health Engineering Department. Public Health Engineering Department is continuing operation and maintenance of 21 water supply and drainage schemes belonging to other Departments. Above all, Natural Calamities, like flood or drought, demands safe water supply for the people and Public Health Engineering Department always rises to such occasion. Fund is provided under Relief Department’s major head 2245.

Functions and Duties

  1. Jal Jeevan Mission,is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to all households in rural.
  2. Major Water Management
    • Surface water based piped water supply scheme for Shyampur-I, II and parts of Bagnan - I, II and Uluberia - I Blocks of Howrah.
    • Surface Water Based Water Supply Scheme for Arsenic Affected Balagarh and Pandua Block, District-Hooghly.
    • Mega Surface water based Water Supply Scheme for Falta Mathurapur, South 24 Parganas District.
    • Surface Water Based Water Supply Scheme for Arsenic Affected Balagarh and Pandua Block, District-Hooghly.
  3. Disaster Management
  4. West Bengal Drinking Water Sector Improvement Project.
  5. JICA Assisted Project
  6. Water Testing
  7. Quality Control of Water by removing Arsenic & Iron

4(1)(b)(ii) Power and duties of officers and employees.

Powers and duties of its officers and employees are fixed on the basis of guidelines as laid down in West Bengal Secretariat Manual, West Bengal Service Rules Part-I, West Bengal Service (Classification, Control and Appeal ) Rules, 1971, W.B.S.( D.R.O.) Rules, 1980 and important circulars as issued by the Government from time to time etc.

Sl No. Designation Power and Duties
1 Principal Secretary Overall supervision of the Department, maintaining liaison with State Government and Government of India on behalf of the Department.
2 Senior Special Secretary Supervision of Projects, Schemes and Grievance under supervision of the Principal Secretary.
3 Special Secretary Supervision of Projects, Schemes, Land related matters and administrative work under supervision of the Principal Secretary.
4 Engineer in Chief Supervision of Projects, Schemes, Land related matters and administrative work under supervision of the Principal Secretary.
5 Joint Secretary Administrative work under supervision of the Principal Secretary.
6 Financial Advisor Overall supervision of the financial matter of the Department.
7 Assistant Financial Advisor Overall supervision of the financial matter of the Department.
8 Deputy Secretary Administrative work under supervision of the of the higher authority.
9 Deputy Secretary (Technical) Supervision of Projects, Schemes and Land related matters under supervision of the higher authority of the department.
10 Assistant Secretary Administrative work under supervision of the of the higher authority and State Public information Officer (SPIO) .
11 P.S./P.A. Usual works as and when directed by Principal Secretary and Taking dictation as and when necessary.
12 Law Officer Supervising and monitoring of all court cases and legal matters, maintaining liaison with the advocates of the department and preparation of Statement of Facts and briefs, supervising and monitoring of data management system.
13 Officer on Special Duty/ Registrar Administrative work under supervision of the of the higher authority.
14 Section Officer To Supervise staff, various matters under supervision of the of the higher authority and State Assistant Public Information Officer (SAPIO).
15 Head Assistant To Supervise staff, various matters under supervision of the of the higher authority.
16 Upper Division Assistant Dealing with various file as per instruction of the higher authority.
17 Lower Division Assistant Reference work – Receiving of letters / Diaries / Name Index / Opening new files / Dispatch of letters
18 Software Support Personnel  Technical assistance to the department, e-Office management, JEM portal management & Scanning of various files
19 Data Entry Operator  Data-base Entry & Typing.
20 Group D and Peon Usual Works of a Gr. D employee

4(1)(b)(iii) The procedure followed in the decision-making process, including channel of supervision and accountability.

While disposing of various matter, generally West Bengal Service Rule Part-I and specific norms of Government as fixed by the Finance Department and also by some other Departments e.g. Labor, Social Welfare, Backward Class Welfare etc. Departments are followed. Decision in vital cases are taken specially
(i) on the approval of Hon’ble MIC and
(ii) through attended by Hon’ble, Principal Secretary & other official of the Department.

4(1)(b)(v) The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records held under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions.

While discharging the functions of the department, the following rules and regulations are usually followed :

  • West Bengal Service Rule ( Part-I & II )
  • West Bengal Secretariat Manual 
  • West Bengal Financial Rules
  • West Bengal Service (General Provident Fund) Rules
  • West Bengal Service ( ROPA ) Rules, 1981/1990/1998/2009/2019
  • West Bengal Service ( Medical Attendance ) Rules, 1964 
  • All India Service Rules 
  • West Bengal Service ( Duties, Rights and Obligations ) Rules, 1980
  • West Bengal Service ( Classification, Control & Appeal ) Rules, 1971
  • Death-cum-retirement benefit Rules 
  • West Bengal Service ( Determination of Seniority ) Rules, 1981
  • West Bengal PWD Code
  • West Bengal Treasury Rule, 2005
  • Central Public Works Accounts Code
  • CVC Circulars / Guidelines
  • West Bengal Health Scheme, 2008
  • Audit Manual

4(1)(b)(vi) Categories of documents held by the authority or under its control

  1. Office Correspondences
  2. Work Files
    • Measurement Books
    • Detailed Project Reports
    • Bills & Vouchers
    • Material Stock Register
  3. Audit Records

4(1)(b)(vii) Particulars for any arrangement for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation thereof

The questions asked in Parliament and Rajya Sava are answered by the department. Also there is a option to report complain or suggestion about the department.

4(1)(b)(viii) Boards, councils, committees and other bodies constituted

State Water and Sanitation Mission (In Detail)

4(1)(b)(ix) Directory of the Officers and Employees of PHED, Govt of WB

Phone No. of Public Health Engineering Department Government of West Bengal is:- (033) 2952-0151, 2952-0152, 2952-0150, 2952-0162 

For other details visit Contact us on Website of Public Health Engineering Department Government of West Bengal.

4(1)(b)(x) Details of remuneration of officers and employees

The scale of pay of the officers and employees of Public Health Engineering Department Government of West Bengal are as under

Group A (IAS)
Sl. No Designation No of Post Pay Scale of the post Service
1 Principal Secretary 1 7th CPC Level 15 AIS
2 Senior Special Secretary 1 7th CPC Level 13 Revised AIS
3 Officer on Special Duty 1 7th CPC Level 10 AIS
Group A
Sl. No Designation No of Post Pay Scale of the post Service
1 Special Secretary 2 2019 ROPA Level 24 WBCS, Exe
2 Engineer in Chief 1 2019 ROPA Level 24 WBSPHES
3 Joint Secretary 1 2019 ROPA Level 21 WBCS, Exe
4 Financial Advisor 1 2019 ROPA Level 21 WBAAS
5 Deputy Secretary (Technical) 1 2019 ROPA Level 19 WBSPHES
6 PS to Hon'ble MIC 1 2019 ROPA Level 17 WBCS, Exe
7 Assistant Secretary 2 2019 ROPA Level 17 WBSS
8 Assistant Financial Advisor 1 2019 ROPA Level 17 WBAAS
9 Law Officer 1 2019 ROPA Level 17 WBLS
10 Officer on Special Duty 4 2019 ROPA Level 16 WBSS
11 Registrar 1 2019 ROPA Level 16 WBSS
12 Section Officer 4 2019 ROPA Level 12B WBSS
Group B
Sl. No Designation No of Post Pay Scale of the post Service
1 Head Assistant 2 2019 ROPA Level 10C Revised WBSS
2 U.D. Assistant 11 2019 ROPA Level 9 WBSS
3 L.D. Assistant 11 2019 ROPA Level 6 WBSS
4 Duplicating Machine Operator 1 2019 ROPA Level 6 WB Government Employee
5 Record Supplier 1 2019 ROPA Level 4 WB Government Employee
Group C
Sl. No Designation No of Post Pay Scale of the post Service
1 L.D. Assistant 6 2019 ROPA Level 6 WBSS
2 Duplicating Machine Operator 1 2019 ROPA Level 6 WB Government Employee
3 Record Supplier 1 2019 ROPA Level 4 WB Government Employee
Group D
Sl. No Designation No of Post Pay Scale of the post Service
1 Group D (Peon - BG) 7 2019 ROPA Level 1 WB Government Employee
2 Group D (Peon - Grade I) 2 2019 ROPA Level 2 WB Government Employee
3 Group D (Peon - BG) 1 2019 ROPA Level 3 WB Government Employee
Contractual Service
Sl. No Designation No of Post Pay Scale of the post
1 Software Support Personnel 1 Consolidated Remuneration guided by orders of Finance Department
2 EA to Hon'ble MIC 1 Consolidated Remuneration guided by orders of Finance Department
3 Attendant to Hon'ble MIC 2 Consolidated Remuneration guided by orders of Finance Department

4(1)(b)(xi) Budget Allocation, Expenditures and Disbursements.

4(1)(b)(xii) & (xiii) Manner of execution of subsidy program

The department provides free potable drinking water connection to all rural household of West Bengal on the basis of household Electric Bill / Aadhaar Card under Jal Jeevan Mission.

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