Zila Panchayats are Panchayats at Apex or District Level in Panchayat Raj Institutions (or PRIs).

Members of the Zila Parishad are elected from the district on the basis of adult franchise for a term of five years.

The Chairmen of all the Panchayat Samitis under the district are the Ex-Officio members of Zilla Parishad. The Parishad is headed by a President and a Vice-President.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer from General Administration department at district level is ex-Officio Secretary of Zilla Parishad.

The Chief Executive Officer, who is an IAS Officer or Senior State Service Officer heads the administrative set up of the Zilla Parishad. He supervises the divisions of the Parishad and is assisted by Deputy CEOs and other Officials at district and block level officers.

- extracted from District Councils of India, Wikipedia as on 13th July 2018

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