Institutional Framework at National, State and District level

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY)

1. National Level

1.1 National Advisory Committee (NAC)

The National Advisory Committe (NAC) under Chairmanship of Secretary (A&C) constituted under NMSA will be the policy-formulating body giving overall direction and guidance to the Mission and monitor and review its progress and performance. It is Empowere to lay down and amend operational guidelines other than those affecting financial pattern and Cost Norms. Thecomposition of the NAC is given Below:
Secretary, Agriculture, Cooperation & FArmers Welfare (AC&FW) Chairman
Secretary,MOFPI Member
Secretary, MSME Member
Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, DAC&FW Member
Additional Secretary (INM), DAC&FW Member
Additional Secretary (Panchayati Raj) Member
Additional Secretary (Rural Development) Member
Representative from Department of Agriculture Research & Eduction Member
Joint Secretary (NHM) Member
Joint Secretary (Crops) Member
Joint Secretary (NRM & RFS) Member
Joint Secretary (DOF) Member
Joint Secretary (INM) Member Secretary
Representative of State Goverments Associate members on rotation basis
NAC will invite 3-4 states as associated member in each meetings on rotational basic. NAC will meet at least once in six months.

1.2 Executive Committee (EC):

Executive committee will be headed by Additional Secretary (INM). Executive Committee (EC) will comprise of the following Members:
Additional Secretary (INM), DAC&FW Chairman
Joint Secretary (Department of Fertilizrs) Member
Joint Secretary (INM) Member Secretary
Joint Secretary (MOFPI) Member
Joint Secretary (MSME) Member
Joint Secretary (Panchayati Raj) Member
Joint Secretary (Rural Development) Member
DDG (NRM), ICAR, Agriculture Commissioner, Horticulture Commissioner, ADC (INM), Director,NCOF and Director, CFQC&TI Expert Members
During the Annual Action plan approval meetings, the State Secretary of Agriculture/ nodal departent shall be co-opted as member of the E.C when the State's Action plan is taken up for approval.

1.2.2 EC will oversee activities of the Scheme and approve Action Plans of various states in accordance with the prescibe norms.

1.2.3 EC is empowered to reallocate resources across States and components and approve projects on the basis of approval financial assistance norms.

1.2.4 EC will meet at least once every quarter.

1.3 INM Division in DAC&FW

1.3.1 Indicate tentative provisions for each component at the beginning of Financial Year (March-April) to facilitate the states in preparing Annual Action Plan (AAP) as per the prescibed format.

1.3.2 Oversee dissemination, implementation, onitoring and evaluation of various interventions in the mission and provide feedback reports to the NAC and EC.

1.3.3 Ensure timely release of funds as per the annual action plans and monitor utilization status of funds.

1.3.4 Provide overall policy guidelines for the scheme.

1.3.5 Prepare the Agenda for the EC and NAC meetings.

1.3.6 In order to cater to the diversified requirements of the scheme in an efficient and time bound manner, INM Division will engage a Project Management Team.

1.4 National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF)

1.4.1 NCOF being the secretariat for PGS-India programme shall be the monitoring body for PGS certification programme including authorization of RCs, selection of NABL accredited labs and random surveillance through the RCOFs.

1.4.2 Technical training to state Goverment officers on organic crop and livestock managment as per PGS standards.

1.4.3 Monitoring of functioning of Support agencies.

1.4.4 Monitoring implementation of the scheme in states.

1.4.5 Management and maintenance of data, MIS development, report generation and digital survillance on group activities on PGS certification.

1.4.6 Any other monitoring and surveillance activity assigned by the DAC&FW

1.5 National Project Management Team : National Project Management Team: Project Management Team (PMT) constituted at the National level will function under the leadership of the JS (INM). Consultants in organic farming management, PGS certification and agri-marketing as programme Manager, Senior Programmers, Technical Assistants, and supporting staff will form part of the PMT. The functions of the PMT are as at Annexure I.

2 State Level

2.1 State Department of Agriculture or agency nominated/authorised by the state government shall be the nodal Department for implementation of this scheme.

2.2. Functions of the State Department:

2.2.1. Prepare annual State Level Action Plan by compiling District-wise Action Plan and submit to the State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) for approval and there after forward the same to EC

2.2.2. Receive funds from DAC&FW for implementation and oversee its implementation, regular monitoring & review of programmes. Facilitate monitoring by INM Division/ NCOF/RCOFs

2.2.3. Where the programme is implemented by the State Departments, it must be ensured that the aim of market linkages to clusters is properly implemented and farmers are linked to the market before the closure of the programme.

2.2.4. Selection of support agencies (if not implementing on its own) through the state determined process in an open and transparent manner.

2.2.5. Release of fund to support agencies as per work progress and release of funds to farmers/ accounts of farmers groups as DBT.

2.2.6. Organize workshops, seminars and training programmes for all interest groups/stakeholders at State/District level.

2.2.7. Operationalize Information Communication Technology (ICT) enabled management system up to grass-root level.

2.2.8. Supervise all activates related to implementation of plan, monitoring etc.

2.2.9. Conduct independent evaluation to assess the performance of scheme in their States.

2.2.10. Two percent (2%) of total allocation to the State may be earmarked for administrative and other contingent expenses. Expenditure in excess of 2% limit will be met by the States from their own resources.

2.2.11. The State Government and other designated implementing agencies, to the extent possible, will ensure active participation of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the implementation of this scheme

2.2.12. State Government may involve PRIs in publicising the demonstrations and training of farmers and in ensuring participation of farmers from nearby areas for widespread dissemination of technology.

2.2.13. States may prefer Women farmers / Women Self Help Groups formed under Ministry of Rural Development while choosing the organic farming areas.

2.2.14. States may also take the services of FPOs, SME(s) and convergence with other government schemes to create end-to-end value- chain based cluster models (of 500 to 1000 ha area each) with effective and functional marketing channels.

2.3 The State Level Executive Committee (SLEC):

Agriculture Production Commissioner/Principal Secretary Government Chairman
Commissioner (Agriculture)/ Director (Agriculture) Member Secretary
Commissioner (Horticulture)/ Director (Horticulture) Member
Commissioner (Panchayati Raj) Member
Commissioner (Rural Development) Member
Representatives of SAUs/ICAR//NCOF/other line Departments Expert Members
Lead Farmers Expert Members
The above SLEC is only indicative. States can choose to set up their own SLEC/already existing structures as per the need and availability under information to GoI.

2.3.1. The SLEC will oversee the implementation of scheme’s components of the respective States through regular meetings with the nodal and other line Departments. It will also provide inputs to the Executive Committee for appropriate policy formulation and post facto approval, if required.

2.3.2. State level Executive Committee shall approve the Annual Action Plan prepared by the State nodal Department/authorized agency. The SLEC will oversee the implementation of scheme components of the respective States through regular meetings with the nodal and other line Departments. The project prepared by state government must be duly approved by SLEC before submission to EC.

2.3.3. State Project Management Team (PMT): States can engage consultants, technical assistants at state and district level having technical and administrative expertise for providing technical guidance and effective monitoring of the scheme implementation. States can decide the number based on their requirements at State and District lavel. Financial support for the same will be obtained from 2% administrative costs provided to the States.

2.4 Support Agencies: States can implement the programme through their own staff or can engage /outsource programme implementation through professional support agencies

2.4.1. Support agencies shall be required for the following two fold functions: Implementation of Cluster formation, capacity building including exposure visits, trainings, deployment of manpower in the form of Lead Resource Persons (LRPs), management of entire programme implementation including data management, handholding to groups and clusters, facilitating value addition and marketing of PGS certified produce. PGS Certification endorsement, physical verification and issue of certificates including sample collection and analysis for residue analysis. While any support agency fulfilling the prescribed criteria/qualifications can take up the functions as listed at (A), States shall engage already registered Regional Councils (RCs) for functions as listed at (B). In order to implement organic integrity, in such clusters, where a RC is selected as the support agency for functions of Part (A), they will make sure that another RC shall have to undertake their certification or functions of Part (B). Essential qualifications for support agency are at ANNEXURE II Roles and responsibilities of Support agency in detail is at ANNEXURE III Eligible criteria of Regional Councils is at ANNEXURE lV

2.5. Roles and Responsibilities of Regional Councils

a. as supporting agency will be as specified at ANNEXURE lll

b. as agency endorsing PGS certification process is provided at ANNEXURE V

c. Roles and Responsibilities of LRPs is at ANNEXURE Vl

2.6. District Level

2.6.1. The indicative structure for District Level Executive Committee (DLEC) is as follows; states can choose their own setup under intimation to GoI


Collector Chairman
Joint Director/Deputy Director (Agriculture) Member Secretary
District Agriculture/Horticulture/Soil Conservation officer Member
Representative of (PR, RD, Health, Education of others) Member
Representatives of SAUs/ KVKs/ other line Departments Expert Members

2.7. DISTRICT LEVEL PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM: DPMT will be set up for implementation and monitoring of programme at District level.


3.1. For selection of areas/ Farmers’ groups:

3.1.1. Organic farming under PKVY will be promoted preferably in hilly, tribal and rain-fed areas.

3.1.2. Cluster approach will be adopted in large patches of up to 1000 ha area in plan areas and 500 ha area in hilly areas.

3.1.3. Cluster chosen shall be in contiguous patch, as far as possible, may be extending over few adjacent villages (but not over large areas in sparsely distributed villages).

3.1.4. Formation of Gram Panchayat based Farmer Producer Organizations will be encouraged or already existing FPOs will be promoted under the scheme.

3.1.5. In a cluster, there should be maximum number of small and marginal farmers. Women farmers/ SHGs should be given preference.

3.1.6. Success in marketing shall be one of the key component taken up for outcome evaluation along with other indicators such as soil health improvement, reduction in cost of cultivation etc.

3.2. For allocation of funds to States:

3.2.1. Timely submission of quarterly reports on financial (fund utilization/submission of Utilization Certificates) and physical progress (area, crop details) reports.

3.2.2. Effective use of existing FPOs convergence with other schemes, adoption of innovative value addition and marketing strategies will be considered while allocating the funds.