Single Window System of Extension in Maharashtra

Single Window System of Extension in Maharashtra

Agriculture, Horticulture and Soil conservation and Watershed Development Department were re-organized and a single agency responsible for agricultural development at village level-‘Single Window System’ was implemented on 1st July, 1998, the birth anniversary of Late. Vasantrao Nike (Legendary figure in green revolution).

In the earlier system only 64% staff was available at grass root level and 36% at apex level.  Now, due to single window system, 81% staff will be made available at grass root level and 19% at apex level.

Salient Features of Single Window System:

1. Formation of separate offices at Circle and Taluka level.

2. Integrated planning of agriculture, soil conservation and watershed management and watershed management and horticulture departments by single extension worker.

3. Maximum staff available at village level for transfer / dissemination of Agricultural technology.

4. Increased participation of Agricultural Universities in dissemination and training in agricultural technology.

5. To enhance commercial, business minded farming, separate counter / office at district level.

6. More stress on technology transfer for horticulture department.

7. Additional area and officers / workers for fruit / horticulture nurseries.

8. Soil testing laboratories in all districts.

9. Project investigation department in all division for implementing future plans / projects.

10. Establishment of precaution team at State level for quality control.

11. Computerization facility upto sub-divisional level in the first phase.

12. Right / authority of input quality control upto taluka level.

13. To solve the problems of officer / worker staff regarding services, immediately staff welfare department constituted.

14. All the above aspects in reorganization achieved through earlier existing / sanctioned designation only.

15. Realistic, long term agricultural development plan for all districts.

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