Constitution of the Board

There are a total of 62 Cantonments in the Country. Most of these cantonments were established by the British Government to quarter the troops in a clean and healthy environment. Cantonments which originated purely for the troops gradually started to have civilian population to serve the needs of the troops like housing and other basic amenities.

Belgaum Cantonment was established in the year 1832 and has been in existence ever since. Cantonment is administered by a Board established under the Cantonments Act 2006 vide section 11 of the Cantt. Act, 2006, every Cantonment Board shall, by the name of the place by reference to which the Cantonment is known, be a  Body Corporate having Perpetual succession and common seal with power to acquire and hold property both moveable and immoveable and to contract and shall by the said name, sue and be used.

Cantonments are divided into four categories  namely:

  • Category I Cantonments, in which the population exceeds 50,000
  • Category II Cantonments in which the population exceeds 10000, but does not exceeds 50,000.
  • Category III Cantonments in which the population exceeds 2,500, but  does not exceeds 10,000.
  • Category IV Cantonments in which the population does not exceeds 2,500.

Based on the above classification, Belgaum Cantonment is a Category II Cantonment. By virtue of its being a Category  II Cantonment its Constitution as per Cantonments Act 2006 is as follows:

  • The Officer Commanding the station as ex officio or, if the Central Government so directs in respect of any cantonment, such other Military officer as may be nominated in his place by the Genera Officer Commanding-in-Chief, the Command;

  • The District Magistrate or an Executive Magistrate not below the rank  of Additional District Magistrate nominated by him;

  • Chief Executive Officer;
  • The Health Officer ex officio;
  • The Executive Engineer ex officio;
  • Two military officers nominated by name by the Officer Commanding the station by order in writing;
  • Seven members elected under the Cantonments Act, 2006.

However the Constitution of the Cantonment Board can be varied by the Central Government. If the Central Government is satisfied that by reason of military operations it is necessary or for the administration of the Cantonment it is desirable to vary the constitution of the Board, it may by notification in the official gazette make a declaration to that effect.

If such a declaration is made the constitution of the Board shall be as follows

  • The Officer commanding the Station
  • The Chief Executive Officer, and
  • One member not being in the service of the Government, nominated by the Central Government in consultation with the GOC-in-C, the Command.

An officer of the Indian Defence Estates Service is appointed by the Central government as the Executive Officer of the Cantonment. He is responsible, amongst others, for executing all works approved by the Board, controlling and supervising all staff of the Cantonment Board, day to day activities of the Board and also to act as the Secretary to the Board.

Brig Rohit Choudhary,SM

Shri K. Anand
Member Secretary

Nominated Member