The nominee was the District Magistrate of district Jabalpur, in Central India in state of Madhya Pradesh. The district had a population of 2.5 million, representing various faiths and religion. District Magistrate (DM) is the highest civil servant of the district who is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the various government departments and developmental agencies including Municipal Corporation. DM is also responsible for the law and order situation in the district, coordinates with police and other government agencies to ensure the implementation of government policies. The nominee during the tenure of 2 1/2 years have tried to involve every stakeholder including different institutions/organizations and citizens in the endeavour of removal of religious structures.
Since there were no precedence of this kind and scale in India, it was evolving process where at every stage, citizens were taken into confidence and government machinery was involved. Elected representatives were duly briefed and their cooperation solicited. Environment building was done with the help of NGOs, citizens and various social forums, while a crack team of Police authorities, Municipal Corporation and Revenue authorities was formed to analyze the circumstances pertaining to each and every site. In short, it was a team effort under the leadership of Nominee who planned, guided, executed and took upon himself for any adverse consequences.
In all, there were 529 such religious structures which were categorized into illegal encroachments by detailed survey consisting of a team of officers along with the details of year of construction, the assessment of property, its followers and the care takers.
Under the leadership of Sanjay Dubey, IAS (the District Magistrate & nominee), following officers played key role in the drive. Superintendent of Police Shri Makrand Deoskar & Shri Srinivas Rao, Additional Superintendent of Police Shri Manohar Verma, Municipal Commissioner Shri O.P Shrivastav and Additional District Magistrate Shri Mahesh Chaudhary, Shri Deepak Singh, Revenue officer Mr Rajesh Srivastav with Municipal Corporation officials Shri Rakesh Ayachi and Shri Usman Khan. In addition to it, a group of 10 more officials had played an important role in the drive. A team of all these officials have actually planned and implemented the initiative to the satisfaction of citizens, elected representatives and the state government.