The Collectorate is a District Administration Office. It is at this level that the policies of the Government are translated into practice and the problems of local people are studied and communicated to the State Government. Almost every citizen of a District comes into contact with District Administration i.e. Collectorate which deals with the public with the work of issue of important documents at District level. The Collector is the highest functionary in hierarchy and at Division level, Dy. Collector and Sub-Divisional Officers are functioning. At Taluka level Mamlatdars are the heads of the Talukas and then at last Talathi is the representative of the Government to help the public at grass root level.
Collector is the head of revenue administration of the District. The state government appoints him under section 8 the Bombay Land Revenue Code 1879. The Divisional Commissioner was looking after implementation and supervision of the land revenue code during ex-Bombay state. He was supervising and guiding the Collector. From 15th August, 1950 the post of divisional Commissioner was abolished and the powers of land revenue code and other acts were delegated to the collector by the government and with the result the Collector is responsible for implementation of provisions of various Acts of his district.
Day by day the workload of the collector has increased because he is important link between the government and people for implementation of administration and law. He being representative of state government at district level, he has to discharge most important duties in administration. As he coordinates all officers of district and conducts administration of district, he is Chief Co-coordinator of the District. He also acts as a district magistrate.
Section 8 of the Bombay Land Revenue Code 1879 deals with the collector which is as under :
The state government shall appoint in each district an officer who shall be collector and who may exercise, throughout his district, all the powers and discharge all duties conferred and imposed on a collector or as an Assistant or Deputy Collector by the Act or any other law for the time being in force and in all matters not specifically provided for by law shall Act according to the instructions of the state government".