The Government have created the posts of the Divisional Commissioners in place of the former Divisional Officer from March 3, 1958 subsequent to the passing of the Bombay Commissioner Act of 1957. The posts of Commissioners had existed in the old Bombay State but were abolished in 1950. The same were again revived after the re-organisation of the States because of the increase in the area of the State. The State of Maharashtra has now been divided into four divisions with their respective head-quarters at Bombay, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Each division is placed in charge of a Divisional Commissioner.
Ahmadnagar district is in Pune division. The jurisdiction of the Divisional Commissioner, Pune division, Pune, extends, besides Ahmadnagar district, over Pune, Sholapur, Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts.
Subject to the general or special order of the State Government, the Commissioner is the chief controlling authority in all matters connected with the land revenue. The District Collectors are subordinate to the Divisional Commissioner. Of the powers delegated to the Divisional Commissioner and conferred upon him by law in land revenue matters. the following are important:-
(1) to revise the limits of the sub-divisions of the districts;
(2) to pass final orders regarding extinction of rights of public and individual in or over any public road, lane or path not required for use of the public;
(3) to sanction reduction of assessment consequent upon re-classification of agricultural lands upto Rs. 200 per annum when classification operation is confined to a single village and Rs. 400 per annum when it extends to more than one village in a taluka,
(4) to decide disputes regarding rights to lands between municipalities and Government;
(5) to sanction remission in cases of total loss of crop due to local calamities upto Rs. 1,000;
(6) to fix priority for scarcity relief works; and
(7) to sell lands for building sites without auction if the value of such land does not exceed Rs. 1,000 in rural areas and Rs. 5.000 in urban areas.
The Commissioner supervises the working of the revenue offices, exercises executive and administrative powers delegated to him by Government or conferred upon him by law from time to time, undertakes general inspection of offices of all the departments within his division, inspects local bodies, co-ordinates and supervises the activities of all divisional heads of departments with particular reference to planning and development and integrates the administrative set-up in the incoming areas. He is also the co-ordinating authority as far as the Zilla Parishads in his division are concerned, and heads the selection body for the class III non-technical employees of the Zilla Parishads.