The Zilla Parishad is basically a Local Body is formed through election in Panchayati Raj System to develop and to provide various facilities to the public of rural areas in the concerned district. The various Rural Development Works carried at the Villages, Gram Panchayats, Block and District levels are planned, implemented, monitored and maintained by the Zilla Parishad. These works are monitored on the State Level by the rural Development Department of the Government West Bengal and on the National level by the Government of India. The Zilla Parishad at the district level is responsible for the development works carried through its own funding. Other than this various development and welfare schemes of the State and Central Government are through the Zilla Parishad.
The Zilla Parishad of North 24 Parganas came into existence on 26th June, 1986 due to bifurcation of erstwhile 24 Parganas district with respect to North South divide on geographical pattern. This is the highest tire of three tire Panchayati Raj system having its head quarter at Barasat. It has six riverine Panchayat Samities in Sundarban region having saline tract on one side and a rich alluvial tracts of river Ichhamati Basin and industrial belt of Barrackpore on the other side. Its territorial jurisdiction is structured upto the International Border of Bangladesh along the eastern side