The department is primarily responsible for giving necessary support to all the Urban Local Bodies that are being constituted in the State of West Bengal. Its role is that of a facilitator and system maintenance manager. Urban Local Bodies are being governed by elected local bodies and they have dual responsibilities: one to the electorate and another to the State Government .They are accountable to both. Similarly, the State Government is legally authorised to control the local bodies from the point of view of a system maintenance manager. Role of the State Government in M.A. department is to see that the local bodies are functioning within the bounds of law and discharging the functions as per standard set by Law, Rules and Regulations.