The office of Talathi or village accountant generally used to be held by hereditary Kulkarnis who were allowed, subject to certain conditions, to commute the right of service attached to the Kulkarni watan. But very few people took advantage of the commutation of watan. By the enactment of the Bombay Paragana and Kulkarni Watans Abolition Act all the Kulkarni watans along with the right of service were abolished from May 1st 1961 and Talathis were appointed in place of these Kulkarnis. If the villages are small one Talathi is appointed for two or more villages, which are called his charge. The Talathi receives monthly salary in a time scale of pay. His main duties are: (1) to maintain the village accounts relating to demand, collection and arrears of land revenue etc., the Records of Rights and all other village forms prescribed by Government; (2) to inspect crop and boundary marks and to prepare agricultural statistics; and (3) to help the Patil in collection of land revenue, write the combined day and receipt books and other accounts and do other clerical work. The talathi functions as the Assistant Gram Sevak where community development projects or National Extension Service Blocks have been opened.