Implementation of the Micro Irrigaion Scheme
Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited

A. Problem Analysis

 1. What was the problem before the implementation of the initiative?
Water scarcity is engulfing the entire world at a rapid pace like a wild fire. With agriculture sector consuming more than 90% of the total water resources, most of it fresh, a conservation approach with intelligent management & governance to bring in the much needed change is the need of hour. In the state of Gujarat, due to varied pattern of rainfall, the water distribution pattern is quite unique with making one part water deficient and the other water surplus. The Gujarat State according to the data falls under the acute water stressed category (water availability per capita is just 1077 cum/year). To diminish the wastage of water (about 50%) in using the traditional irrigation practices i.e. flood irrigation, the State Government initiated Micro irrigation scheme in 1991 with the subsidy incentive to the farmers. Before formation of GGRC, since 1991, the Micro Irrigation (MI) Scheme had been implemented by different Govt. Departments such as Department of Horticulture, Department of Agriculture etc. and subsidy was available under different schemes and sub schemes having varying subsidy assistance norms. It was experienced that farmers were getting confused due to the fact that the procedure for granting assistance, norms for assistance, terms and condition etc. vary from different Government Department to Departments who were implementing the Scheme. As a result some administrative difficulties were experienced in implementing the Schemes through different Departments. It was also observed that the schemes prevailed earlier were not transparent, the real implementation in the field was quite less and due to decentralized monitoring and evaluation process, the chances of malpractices was high. There were no robust monitoring mechanism and no use of IT in transparently implementation of the Micro Irrigation Scheme. On the part of farmers there were no realization for the effective usage of the Micro Irrigation System (MIS) and no agronomical services (which includes crop advisory information, information pertaining to irrigation scheduling according to the growth of the crop, type of soil etc., insect and pest control advisory, were provided to them. The farmers were also not made aware of their nearby market farm produce rates and whether forecast, any news pertaining to agriculture etc. Farmers lacked awareness for the effective use of the Micro Irrigation system and its multiple benefits like saving in water, saving in fertilizers, saving in labour cost, increase in crop production and increase in their income. As a result of the above fact, under the Scheme since its inception in the year 1991 till 2005 various Departments of Govt. of Gujarat combined together had achieved 2,25,900 ha. in a time span of 14 years starting from 1991 till 2005 (The average per year area covered under the MIS was 16,000 ha.).

B. Strategic Approach

 2. What was the solution?
To put all efforts into an integrated approach in such a way that provisions under various schemes are uniform and their inequalities and anomalies should be removed and available funds under different scheme and sub scheme heads should be utilized efficiently & benefits can be extended to more and more farmers of the State effectively, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited (GGRC) were formed by the Government. Vision: To achieve sustainable natural management regime in agricultural sector in the State of Gujarat. Mission: “To promote the concept of Micro Irrigation System amongst the farmers of Gujarat as a tool for wise usage of resources resulting in higher agricultural productivity, thus, improving their livelihood and empowering them to participate meaningfully in the growth of the Agriculture Sector in the State and to process the Micro Irrigation Scheme using state-of-art technology.” The Scheme is being implemented with assistance of 63 registered MIS Suppliers appointed by GGRC who design, supply and install the MI Systems on the farmers’ field. MIS Supplier(s) are responsible for providing Agronomical services to the farmer for a period of one year and also for rendering maintenance services for a period of five years. A provision has been made for insuring the MIS as well as the farmer for a period of one year. To ensure strict adherence to quality standards in the use of MIS Components, GGRC has made it mandatory for MIS suppliers to use only those components which conform to Bureau of Indian Standards. Third party inspections are conducted periodically by technical agencies, to ensure this position. GGRC has also put in place a regimen of third party inspections, wherein six designated Third Party Inspection Agencies (TPIAs) have been appointed to conduct inspections of every farmers system to verify that Micro Irrigation System installed is as per the quotation and is operational. TPIA Inspectors are equipped with android based “E-Capture Solutions” which enables them to capture and upload photographs of the MIS installation, at site, along with GPS coordinates, on a mobile phone for subsequent monitoring of the site on Google Map. High level of transparency is a forte of the Scheme. To achieve the status, GGRC has established systems and developed processes in a corporate mode for processing MIS applications with the use of state-of-art information technology. The applications are processed centrally through a dedicated software which is web-based and user friendly. A state-of-art IT infrastructure has been put in place for implementation of the Micro Irrigation Scheme. GGRC provides awareness, capacity building, repair and maintenance training to farmers. Toll free telephonic inquiry services have also been made available. GGRC has also set up a Grievance Redressal Cell to entertain and expeditiously redress the grievances of the farmers. As an innovative measure, with a view to empower the farmer, GGRC facilitates professional agency to provide, on a daily basis, Agronomic advisory in the vernacular (Gujarati) language, through SMS, on the mobile phones of all farmers who have adopted Drip Irrigation. The information includes daily Taluka specific weather forecasts, crop advisory, rates of two crops from two mandies of the farmers choice and important news pertaining to the Agriculture sector. This facilitates informed decision making at the level of farmers. GGRC has put in place an elaborate monitoring and evaluation system for the MI Scheme. The AFC India Ltd. has been commissioned to conduct a concurrent evaluation of the Scheme on an annual basis. GGRC has also appointed Agricultural Universities, which has been entrusted with the task of physical verification of assets with regard to past MIS installations.

 3. How did the initiative solve the problem and improve people’s lives?
Unique features of the Micro Irrigation Scheme implemented by GGRC: I. Simple and Flexible in its approach  Single window approach for farmer from application to sanctioning  Farmer has the choice to choose MIS Supplier and type of MI System II. Transparency in its Approach  State-of-art IT application to process the MIS Application.  Complete access of information for all stakeholders.  Effective IT mechanism to prevent duplication. III. Effective Quality Monitoring and Assurance System  Third Party inspection at the factory site of the MIS Supplier(s) on a regular basis to evaluate the quality of MI Components.  Third Party Inspection on every farmer’s field where MI System is installed to verify that the MI System conforms to specifications and is operational. Facility of Geo-tagging of installation site through mobile phones for subsequent monitoring.  Concurrent evaluation of MI Scheme is ongoing process. V. Basket of Services  Maintenance and Warranty of MI Components for five years  Agronomic and system maintenance advisory services through SMS  Insurance of the MI System as well as farmer’s life  Effective Complaint Redressel System and toll-free helpline number VI. Implementation cost for the Government is almost nil.

C. Execution and Implementation

 4. In which ways is the initiative creative and innovative?
I. To make the Subsidy Disbursement System transparent, simple and fast:  Standardization of procedure: The Micro Irrigation operational procedures are standardized and made known to all stakeholders to avoid documentation query and also to reduce total time taken for processing of application. All documents are collected by Micro Irrigation System (MIS) Suppliers from the doorstep of farmer.  Fast Decision Making Process & Participatory Approach: GGRC as an autonomous organization have full control over decision making for implementation of MIS Scheme. As a participatory approach to take decision, all stake holders of the Scheme are consulted while taking decision related to Micro Irrigation Scheme.  Transparency & flexibility of MI Scheme: The implementation System is transparent and information is accessible to all stake holders and public through GGRC website. Flexibility has been given to farmer to select MIS supplier of his/her choice and design the system as per his requirement. No cash transactions (only electronic /cheques/ Demand Drafts) are carried out at any stage of the application processing.  Use of IT in implementation of MI Scheme. The entire processing of MIS application has been carried out through dedicated software module developed in-house. The software module is with required check and balances takes care of precise processing of MIS Applications, monitoring and verification of installation of MIS System on farmer’s field, disbursement of subsidy, accounting and Management Information System. All the required information is made available on the website with URL with facility for online tracking of farmer’s application. II. To ensure quality of MIS Components: To ensure the quality of MIS Components, two stage quality checks are kept, once at the manufacturing site of MIS suppliers by Technical Agencies such as Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology and Gujarat Industrial Research & Development Agency and second time at the field of farmers after supply of MI Components by MIS Suppliers thorough competent Third Party Inspection Agencies. III. For scaling up – Strategic approach to new potential areas: To increase the existing scope of Micro Irrigation project, parent Micro Irrigation Scheme is converged with other Departmental Scheme or major irrigation projects. IV. For Promotion of MIS: To increase awareness among farmers following promotional activities are carried out on a regular/need basis. a) Farmers Awareness training at GGRC and meetings in field b) Press Advertisement c) Tableau Campaign d) Participation in Fair, Exhibitions and Annual Krishi Mahotsav. e) Wall ,Tractor trolley & Pick-up Stand painting, hoarding display f) Use of Audio Visual media- advertisement on TV, radio Jingle, participation in talk show on agriculture programe of Door Darshan. g) Distribution of literature, leaflets, calendars. h) Publication of bi-monthly “Jal Jivan” magazine for awareness & education to avail best use of MIS in various crops. i) Setting of MIS demonstration plots. V. Capacity Building of Stake Holders: i. One month Tribal Youth Training program is conducted and wherein tribal youths are given training on MIS. ii. As an innovative initiative, with a view to create the MIS trainers who ultimately train the farmers regarding MIS, Trainers Training Program (TOT) has been regularly conducted. For the training program specific course curriculum and books are published and provided to the trainees. iii. Various District Level Training & Workshop are being organized for Village level worker, Gram Sevak & other officers of District Administrations. iv. Agronomical services with MIS maintenance training are compulsorily provided to beneficiary farmers by MIS suppliers.

 5. Who implemented the initiative and what is the size of the population affected by this initiative?
The major stake holders in the scheme are Government, GGRC, MIS Supplier and Beneficiary Farmer. Role of Government:  GGRC has been appointed by Govt. of Gujarat and recognized by Government of India to implement Micro Irrigation Scheme in the State of Gujarat.  Government provides subsidy funds / grant to GGRC, which is to be provided to beneficiaries as per the norm of the MI Scheme.  Govt. also takes timely review of the progress of physical and financial targets. Role of GGRC:  Plays vital role of coordinating all stake holders of the MI Scheme as an Implementing Agency.  Ensures timely and precise disbursement of subsidy to the beneficiary farmers.  Ensures transfer of asset (MI System) to the farmers.  Ensures timely delivery of services to farmers.  Quick redressal of complaint from farmers.  Continuous promotion of MI Scheme in the State.  Capacity building of the Stake holders. Role of MIS Supplier:  To promote MIS among the farming community by educating the farmer about the benefits of micro irrigation and motivate them to adopt MIS.  To prepare cost-estimate and design of MI System selected by farmer as per the norms of the MI Scheme.  To ensure supply of quality components and installation of MI System.  To Provide agronomic and after sales services to farmers on regular interval. Role of farmer:  Farmer has to fully understand the benefits of MIS before adopting it.  Submission of genuine relevant documents along with MIS application.  To maintain and use the MI System at least for a period of five years.
 6. How was the strategy implemented and what resources were mobilized?
During the inception of the Micro Irrigation Scheme implementation by Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited during the May-2005; initially Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd. (GSFC) had provided financial assistance as a loan for the establishment of offices and to meet the other expenditures. At block / taluka level, help from approximately 200 farm information cum fertilizer depots of GSFC and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Company Limited (GNFC) is taken for promoting / executing / monitoring the Micro Irrigation Scheme in the State. The total Manpower strength of GGRC as on October-2014 is 112 which includes 97 on Company Payroll, 5 on consultant category, 09 from on deputation from GSFC and one on deputation from the Government of Gujarat. Since inception of the Micro Irrigation Scheme under the present modality by GGRC, the Government of Gujarat and the Government of India provides grants to GGRC to be provided to the beneficiary farmers as a financial assistance (subsidy). Since inception till September-2014, a total of Rs. 2654.02 crore (10 million = 1 crore) grant have been provided by the Governments out of which Rs. 1748.08 has been provided by the State Government and Rs. 905.94 crore has been provided by the Central Government. Initially, an administrative charge @5% and later @ 3% of the Micro Irrigation System Cost were provided as an administrative charge to GGRC on Micro Irrigation case to case basis till Nov-2010. GGRC received the administrative charges @ 1% of the total outlay from the Central Government to meet the expenses for implementing the Micro Irrigation Scheme. Unique model which ensures effective implementation of the Government Scheme at very low cost by adopting state of art information technology to process the MIS Applications.

 7. Who were the stakeholders involved in the design of the initiative and in its implementation?
i. Impact on area coverage under Micro Irrigation after formation of GGRC Before formation of GGRC, various Departments of Govt. of Gujarat combined together had achieved 2,25,900 hectares in a time span of 14 years starting from 1991 till 2005 (The average per year area covered under the MIS was 16,000 hectares). Coverage of area under Micro Irrigation since May 2005 up to till March 2014: In the time span of nine years since inception in 2005, GGRC has covered 9,05,370 hectare of area under MIS benefiting 5,61,931 numbers of farmers. The ratio of adoption between Drip to Sprinkler is 48:52. During nine years, GGRC has achieved Average Annual Growth Rate of 38% per annum for area coverage under MIS. Till financial year 2013-14, the numbers of small farmers are 1,74,534 & marginal farmers are 49,946, which is in total of 38% of total beneficiaries. The MIS is adopted in more than 100 crops by the farmers. The major crops under the MIS are Cotton, Groundnut, Sugarcane, Potato, vegetables and orchard crops across the State. After the implementation of the Micro Irrigation Scheme by GGRC, the State of Gujarat has registered the highest Agricultural growth among all other State of India during the past decade with a CAGR of 10.97 per cent between 2001 to 2009. Farmers have realized the importance of the Micro Irrigation System and conservation of the scarce natural resources viz. water, energy, fertilizers etc. Farmers are effectively utilizing the Micro Irrigation and reaping its benefits. By using Micro Irrigation System there are able to do sustainable agriculture. Additional Income to Farmer due to Adoption of Micro Irrigation: Considering the area covered under micro irrigation during the period 2005-06 to 2013 -14; with an average increase in their income by Rs. 17000/- per hectares as per the findings of the AFC India Ltd.; now onwards there will be increase of annual income of Rs.4741 crore among the farmers adopted MIS which will add to the total GDP of the Nation. (Considering 100% MI System is in use by the farmers who have adopted MIS within last 5 years, and 60% is in use by the farmers who have adopted MI System before 5 years back).

 8. What were the most successful outputs and why was the initiative effective?
To monitor and review the progress in the implementation of the Micro Irrigation Scheme at State level the Cabinet Sub Committee has been established comprising of the Cabinet level Ministers. At GGRC, review meeting on monthly basis is carried out with Micro Irrigation System Suppliers to monitor their progress viz-a-vie their commitment on the physical targets to be achieved. The processing of the Micro Irrigation System application is online through dedicated software module established by GGRC. All the Micro Irrigation System Supplier compulsorily have to get their user ID and password to enter the requisite details viz. name of the farmer, his land survey number, water source details, the crop which he/she wants to grow using Micro Irrigation System, crop geometry, area to be covered under the Micro Irrigation System, type of Micro Irrigation System farmer wish to adopt etc. By entering the details of the farmers online, with an effective IT mechanism, the duplication of subsidy disbursement can be prevented. The processing of MIS applications, management of grants, receipts and disbursements have been integrated into a Business Module, which facilitates complete access of information to the participating stakeholders in the MI Scheme as well as public. To ensure the quality of MIS Components, two stage quality checks are kept, once at the manufacturing site of MIS suppliers by Technical Agencies such as Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology and Gujarat Industrial Research & Development Agency and second time at the field of farmers after supply of MI Components by MIS Suppliers thorough competent Third Party Inspection Agencies. Third party Inspection Agency in field verifies the quality as per the set norms and quantity of material supplied as per the MIS quotation submitted & approved at GGRC and installation is done as per the approved design. The agency also takes successful trial run of MI system to ensure that system is running as per the set parameters. The third party also captures geo-tagged photographs of the installation site and applicant farmer online through mobile application and transmits to GGRC server for monitoring purpose.

 9. What were the main obstacles encountered and how were they overcome?
During the inception of the implementation by GGRC, the major hurdle observed were unawareness of the Micro Irrigation System, farmers intends to avail Micro Irrigation System free of cost by over estimating the total cost and sellout the same after inspection of the System by the competent authorities and release of subsidy. Before starting implementing the Micro Irrigation Scheme under present modality i.e. by GGRC, farmers were getting subsidy ranging from 66% to 90% of the total unit cost, which was reduced and made uniform by the Government to 50% of the unit cost after implementation by GGRC. After availing subsidy up to 90% before formation of GGRC, due to almost nil share from the beneficiary farmers, they used to either sellout the entire system or use it for other purpose e.g. fencing etc. During the initial year, with the above mindsets, farmers intended to avail the subsidy benefits only without realizing the efficient utilization of the Micro Irrigation System. GGRC during the initial year, organized various promotional meetings viz., Agricultural Fairs, Live Demonstrations, Farmers Meetings at village / taluka and district level, night meetings, TV and radio advertisements, participation in all major Government programmes to create awareness among farmers for Micro Irrigation System. After creating sufficient awareness among farmer, the farmers were coming forward to adopt the Micro Irrigation System but still they were not using the Micro Irrigation System efficiently. Capacity building programmes were being conducted on regular basis for the farmers for the efficient use of the technology and Agronomical Advisory Services which includes irrigation scheduling, fertigation scheduling, advisory on pest and disease control etc. is made mandatory on the part of the Micro Irrigation System Suppliers so as to do transfer of technology.

D. Impact and Sustainability

 10. What were the key benefits resulting from this initiative?
Impact of implementation of Micro Irrigation Scheme by GGRC Before establishment of GGRC  the achievement under MIS Scheme was 2.26 lakh hectares with approximate 1.41 lakh beneficiary farmers (From 1991 to 2005).  Average Annual Achievement was 15,000 ha./year After establishment of GGRC  the achievement under MIS Scheme is 9,70,912 hectares with 6,01,596 beneficiary farmers (from 2005 to Sept-2014)  Average Annual Achievement is 1.02 lakh ha./year Gujarat has registered the highest Agricultural growth among all the other States of India during the past decade with a CAGR of 10.97 per cent between 2001 to 2009. Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited has appointed the AFC India Ltd. (Government of India Agency) who has been assigned the job to conduct a Concurrent Evaluation of the Micro Irrigation Scheme from 2005-06 to 2011-12 on an annual basis in Gujarat. Their findings are, there is a saving in water about 20-48% among different crops, saving in electricity cost ranges from 10-17%, saving in labour cost to 30-40%, saving in fertilizers from 11-19%, increase in crop yield observed from 20-38% and increase in net annual income of farmers (Rs./hectares) due to adoption of the Micro Irrigation System recorded is Rs. 17000/- per hectares. Based on the above findings, the pay-back period for the beneficiary farmers and for the Government has been estimated at 2 cropping seasons. Additional Income due to adoption of Micro Irrigation System: Based on the findings of AFC India Limited i.e. increase in net annual income of Rs. 17000/- per hectares and considering the area covered under micro irrigation during the period 2005-06 to 2013 -14; now onwards there will be increase of annual income of 4741 crore among the farmers adopted Micro Irrigation System. This is one of the major contributors to the agriculture GDP of the States. Best Practices at GGRC – As identified by independent body NABCONS: A study was carried out by NABARD Consultancy Services Private Limited (NABCONS) for National Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Horticulture (NCPAH), Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, New Delhi with a one of the major objectives to study the efficacy of implementing agencies and enumerate best practices in implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Micro Irrigation, which gives a comparative picture of MIS scheme implemented by different States. This reveals that Gujarat model for implementation of MIS scheme is unique among other states and very effective in implementing the Scheme. Executive summary of an “Evaluation study of Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Micro Irrigation” carried out by NABARD Consultancy Services Private Limited (NABCONS) is as under:  Self Sustaining Set-Up  Profit generation while implementing Government Schemes.  No dependence on State Government for maintenance  Basis for complete autonomy in decision making including staffing  Effective use of Information Technology  Effective integration of Project Management, Financial Management, and Management Information System MIS.  Integrity of data is very high  On-line access to beneficiaries and other stakeholders  Lean and thin support staff required for sustaining operations – very low administrative and transaction costs  Dedicated – Interactive Website  Effective Checks and Balances  Zero level misutilization of subsidy funds  Third Party Inspection  Audit of Third Party  Structured Surveillance by GGRC  Standalone Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for yearly field monitoring study.  Innovative package  Insurance of equipment and beneficiary  Agronomical Support Services in post-implementation period  Hand-holding for bank finance. • Involvement of NGOs in Tribal Areas • Exclusive Training Programmes for Tribal Youth  Training in MIS Installation and Maintenance • Dovetailing of Tribal Development Funds and MIS Scheme with the Provision of discriminatory subsidy up to 75 % • Digitalization of MIS beneficiary files and records • Subsidy based on actual unit cost – support for balance difference between actual cost and CSS subsidy • Preferential Power Connections to Farmers  The GoG have envisaged innovative schemes for providing preferential power connection to those farmers who have installed MI Systems through GGRCL. Effect on Employment Generation There are more than 10,000 new employment generated after implementation of the Micro Irrigation Scheme by GGRC.

 11. Did the initiative improve integrity and/or accountability in public service? (If applicable)
The Micro Irrigation Scheme (MIS) implementation by Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited is sustained since May-2005. The success factors of the MIS implementation by GGRC are as under: 1. Single Nodal Agency to implement the MIS in the entire State. 2. Highest Level of priority to the Scheme: 3. Water Resource Crunch: Erratic rainfall pattern all over the State, depleting water table, salinity ingression problem. 4. Acceptability for MIS adoption: High-level of acceptability for MIS adoption among farmers. 5. Robust Scheme Implementation System:  Corporate style of functioning with quick decision taking authority.  Taking Systemic Approach while delivering MIS to the Farmer  Quick and centralized application processing services at GGRC.  Flexibility: Farmer can select system and system supplier of his choice, crops & area as much as he can and System design as per his requirement. 6. Transparency- At every stages of application processing  Transparency in financial Transactions:  Receipt of farmer’s share only by Demand Draft / cheque. “No cash Transactions”  Online payment to MIS Suppliers. No cash transactions.  Stage wise processing of MI application are accessible to all stake holders through company's website. 7. Capacity Building: Following training activities aimed at awareness & capacity building is carried out on regular basis. i. One month Tribal Youth Training program. ii. As an innovative initiative, to create the MIS trainer who ultimately trains the farmers regarding MIS, Trainers Training Program has been started. iii. Agronomical services with MIS maintenance training are compulsorily provided to beneficiary farmers by MIS suppliers. 8. Monitoring: Multi stage monitoring and control system.  Site Inspection though Third Party Inspection Agency  Inbuilt software to track duplicate cases.  Application of “e-Capture Solutions” to take and upload geo-tagged photograph of MIS Site for subsequent monitoring through Google map.  Factory site inspection for ensuring manufacturing capability and quality of MIS Components. 9. Inbuilt MIS Support Services to farmer:  Technology transfer through training by MIS Supplier  Agronomical service to the farmers for one year  Maintenance service for 5 years  Insurance coverage for 1 year for Drip beneficiary farmers. 10. Fast complaint redressal mechanism. 11. Regular evaluation of Impact of MIS Scheme by AFC and review of the scheme Business module as and when required time to time 12. Strong IT enabled service:  Online MIS Application registration  Online status inquiry.  Auto blocking of duplicate cases  Toll free Helpline services.  Instant access of MIS Progress report through web. Replication: Implementation of the Micro Scheme using state-of-art IT has resulted into successful implementation by GGRC; inspired by the success, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar appointed GGRC as a consultant to advise them on adopting GGRC module in their Under Ground Pipeline Sub-minor Scheme on a large scale. Govt. of India, Ministry of Agriculture, requested GGRC to develop a monitoring system for its ongoing On Farm Water Management Scheme under NMSA.

 12. Were special measures put in place to ensure that the initiative benefits women and girls and improves the situation of the poorest and most vulnerable? (If applicable)
Overall Experience: An Effective Scheme Delivery Mechanism at Zero Govt. Cost which is transparent and flexible. Therefore, looking at the present modality of implementation of the MI Scheme in Gujarat through a limited company in a corporate fashion, it is evident from the achievements that this very Scheme since 1990-91 till 2005 had shown a coverage of 2.26 lakh hectares being implemented through the Agriculture and Horticulture departments while the coverage from 2005 till date has been 9,70,912 hectares with 6,01,596 number of farmers under the GGRC Modality. The Government of India’s NMMI Scheme has a provision of 1% of Central assistance for administrative expenditure which is negligible as compared to the expenditure incurred in implementing the Scheme. The State Government does not have any provision of providing any administrative expenditure to the implementing agency i.e. GGRC. Therefore here is a situation wherein, an Effective Scheme Delivery Mechanism at Zero Govt. Cost has been put in place which is transparent, flexible and farmer centric. The implementation of such social sector Government Schemes on the similar modality in transparent manner using state of art information technology in the processing of the customer’s applications with transparency in its implementation is the need of the day. Implementation of various schemes by a single department sometimes may lead to ineffective implementation of all Schemes where there may be chances of occurrence of malpractices and delay in implementation. For the effective implementation of any Schemes, special purpose vehicle status with a sufficient autonomy in its decision is required. Implementation of such schemes in a corporate manner helps in quick decision making. In today’s Information Technology era, use of IT platform to bring in transparency resulting into quick implementation with involvement of all stake holders is required.

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Institution Name:   Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited
Institution Type:   Government Agency  
Title:   Joint Managing Director  
Telephone/ Fax:   +912653003403
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Postal Code:   391750
State/Province:   GUJARAT

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