For contributing towards agricultural development and e-governance for crop pest surveillance
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1995 batch of the Maharashtra cadre, PK Deshmukh has served the government in various capacities. He has been involved in a number of successful government initiatives for rural development and improvement of agricultural productivity. As CEO of the Zilla Parishad, Kohlapur, Maharashtra, he was credited with implementation of the Rajashri
Shahu Sarvangin Shikshan Karyakram programme for quality improvement in primary education, and the Ideal Village programme in Lodhavade village, Satara district. It earned him the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration on Civil Services Day on April 21, 2008. He was instrumental in the successful implementation of the Maharashtra Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project, and also played a role in the CROPSAP Programme, a multi-stakeholder ICT-based initiative launched to synergise central and state institutes working in the field of agriculture and horticulture research, setting the platform for online real-time advisories to farmers for productivity improvement and crop protection. The project, covering more than 100 lakh hectares, also earned him the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. He was responsible for the implementation of the innovative scheme of ‘Close user Group’ with BSNL, covering more than 7.5 lakh farmers.