Policy in Action – Delhi 2017

Participating MPs

 

Dilip Tirkey - MP (Rajya Sabha)

Mr. Dilip Tirkey is a first time Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Odisha. He is a member of the Biju Janata Dal and was elected unopposed to Parliament in 2012. He is a former captain of the Indian Hockey team and has represented India at various national and state level championships, including the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics. He was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2002 and the Padam Shree in 2004. He belongs to the Oraon community.

As a member of the Rajya Sabha, he has often advocated for greater support for sports, funding for establishing medical colleges and the urgent need to create an integrated tribal health policy.

He is currently a member of the Committee on Ethics, the General Purposes Committee, the Committee on MPLADS, the Standing Committee on Coal and Steel, and the Committee for the Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes.

Dushyant Chautala - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Chautala is a first time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Hisar constituency in Haryana. He is the youngest Parliamentarian in the history of the Indian Parliament, and is a member of the Indian National Lok Dal.

He is a graduate in business administration from California State University, Bakersfield. He has a keen interest in sports and was a boxing gold medalist at The Lawrence School, Sanawar. He has also organized multiple blood and organ donation camps, and helped the Indian National Students Organization win a Guinness World Record for the most organs (eyes) donated in eight hours.

He is the President of the Table Tennis Federation of India and is the youngest ever president of any sports governing body in India. He is also the secretary general of the South Asian Table Tennis Federation. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Commerce.

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia is a four time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Guna Constituency in Madhya Pradesh. He was the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and the Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Power in the last government. He is a member of the Indian National Congress.

He majored in economics at Harvard University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and has often spoken out against corruption that plagues cricket in India. He is the titular Maharaja of Gwalior.

He is currently a member of the Committee on Privileges, the Standing Committee on Finance, and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Konda Vishweshwar Reddy- MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Reddy is a first time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Chevella constituency in Telangana. He is a member of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Mr. Reddy holds multiple patents and copyrights, and has also presented technical papers on applications of microprocessor technology. He was the CEO & MD of Wipro HCIT Ltd. and General Electric MSIT, and has founded multiple businesses that manufacture equipment and instruments for the aerospace, defence, and medical industries and conduct research and development in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, and solar energy.

He completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of Madras and MS in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, and is part of the Consultative Committees for the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Ninong Ering - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Ering is a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Arunachal Pradesh East constituency and a former Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs in the UPA government. He is a member of the Indian National Congress.

He began his political career as a member of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1989, where he served two terms. He has also served as a Minister of State of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and as the Deputy Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

He is currently a member of the Committee on Ethics, the Standing Committee on Science & Technology, and the Standing Committee on Environment & Forests. He has also been associated with not for profits working in the sphere of health and sanitation.

Rabindra Kumar Jena - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Jena is a first time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Balasore constituency in Odisha. He is a member of the Biju Janata Dal.

Prior to becoming a parliamentarian, he served as Managing Director at Balasore Alloys Ltd. and has twenty two years of industry experience. He has a background in mechanical engineering, certified by the Institute of Engineers (India). He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Finance from Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB).

Mr. Jena is a member of the Public Undertakings Committee and the Standing Committee on Industry. He served as the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Odisha chapter in 2010-11, and is currently a member of FICCI’s Indo-Japan and Indo-Israel Parliamentary Forums.

Sushmita Dev - MP (Lok Sabha)

Ms. Sushmita Dev is a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Silchar constituency in Assam. She is a member of the Indian National Congress and is currently running the Tax-Free Wings Campaign to exempt sanitary napkins from GST. She was awarded the Best Female Parliamentarian of the Year in 2016 by the Lokmat Group.

Ms. Dev graduated with a BA in Political Science from Miranda House, followed by LLB from Thames Valley University, London, and LLM from King’s College, London. She started her political career as the Chairperson of the Silchar Municipal Board between 2009-14. She was also a Member of the Assam Legislative Assembly between 2011-14.

She is currently serving as a member of the Committee on Empowerment of Women. She is also a Member of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology and the Standing Committee on Environment & Forests.

 


 

Live Projects

 
Our students were tasked to work on issues identified by our participating MPs. Below you’ll find a list of the specific projects they worked on.

Project 1: National Tribal Sports Policy and Development Body

1. Study existing programs/ schemes by the central government to promote sports in tribal areas as well as to support tribal sports unique to the different tribes of the country. Determine the effectiveness of these programs and the challenges being faced by the government. Examine policies being pursued by state governments and document best practices.
2. Study indigenous people’s sports policies and best practices in other countries like Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, etc.
3. Identify broad principles on which a National Tribal Sports Policy and Development Body should be designed.

Project 2: Tourism potential and policy in Odisha

1. Use quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify the major challenges faced by the tourism sector in Odisha. Identify the growth potential of the sector as well as the structural problems that hold back growth.
2. Analyze policies, laws, and best practices of other states and countries to promote tourism, especially eco-tourism.
3. Identify policy interventions that can address bottlenecks to the growth of the tourism sector in Odisha.

Project 3: Improving irrigation systems in Haryana

1. Map the types of irrigation systems used in Haryana – the extent of area under each type as well as per unit cost of installation and operation. Identify existing central and state government schemes to support and extend irrigation in the state. Highlight challenges in implementation.
2. Explore alternative (read: efficient) irrigation systems and practices that can be adopted in Haryana, and identify the challenges in deploying the same.
3. Make policy recommendations to adopt new irrigation systems. Identify ways in which the private sector can be involved to improve the penetration and deployment of such systems.

Project 4: Tackling youth unemployment in Haryana

1. Identify the extent of youth unemployment in Haryana and its socio-economic and political consequences.
2. Identify central and state government schemes and policies to provide employment opportunities to the youth in Haryana, and determine their effectiveness.
3. Make policy recommendations to tackle youth unemployment, taking into account best practices from different states and countries.

Project 5: Improving healthcare in rural areas (specifically in Guna)

1. Identify the major rural health schemes and programs implemented either by the central government or the government of Madhya Pradesh and study their effectiveness. Highlight challenges in implementation.
2. Study the efficacy of ASHA workers and ANMs, and the effectiveness of their outreach programs. Suggest measures to improve outcomes.
3. Suggest innovative policy recommendations to deal with shortages of doctors and nurses in rural hospitals.

Project 6: Regulation of bore wells in Telangana

1. Map the extent of bore well usage in Telangana and identify challenges associated with the reliance on bore wells as well as the risk to life.
2. Study the WALTA Act, 2002 to identify loopholes. Compare laws and rules of Telangana with those of other states with respect to licensing of new bore wells as well as best practices to close or recharge empty bore wells. Make suitable policy recommendations.
3. Help build an advocacy campaign – create awareness material and write draft articles to help sensitize people and build support for the cause.

Project 7: Reforming the power sector in India

1. Study ways to increase the efficiency of power usage in India by (a) reducing loss of generated electricity (by shifting from base load power plants to load following power plants, managing variation in demand through generation of renewable energy, creating large-scale electricity storage systems); and (b) reducing overall demand by promoting efficient appliances.
2. Study issues in open access and the barriers to trading in electricity markets.
3. Make suitable policy recommendations based on best practices from across the world.

Project 8: Addressing racial discrimination against Indians from the Northeast

1. Use quantitative and qualitative analysis to map racial discrimination faced by Indians from the Northeast in cities like Delhi. Identify its various manifestations and highlight implications, in terms of education, job opportunities, ghettoization etc.
2. Research on steps taken by other countries to tackle racial (and other forms of) discrimination. Identify measures that can be adopted by the centre and states to address the issue in India.
3. Help build an advocacy campaign – create awareness material and write draft articles to help sensitize people and build support for the cause.

Project 9: Differential outcomes of policies and laws across tribal areas in the country, with specific reference to the Northeast

1. Study differences between tribal groups from the Northeast and the rest of India in terms of socio-economic indicators. Identify the unique development challenges that affect the Northeast.
2. Study the implementation of laws/policies that focus on tribal development and identify reasons for differential outcomes in the Northeast with respect to the rest of India. Pay special attention to the PESA Act, 1996, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the policy of reservation.
3. Make suitable recommendations to implement policies in a context-sensitive manner.

Project 10: Performance of MSME Sector in India

1. Use quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify the challenges faced by the MSME sector in India. Identify growth potential of the sector as well as the structural problems that hold back growth.
2. Analyze laws and best practices of other countries in dealing with the MSME sector, in terms of financing, infrastructure, labor laws, tax rates, etc.
3. Identify policy interventions that can address bottlenecks to the growth of the MSME sector in India.

Project 11: Creating fiscal space of Rs. 2,000 crores in the Odisha budget

1. Analyze Odisha’s budget over the last ten years to identify trends in revenue collection, budgetary allocations, and actual expenditure under different heads.
2. Study budgets of other state governments and identify avenues for further taxation, consolidation of schemes, etc. for Odisha.
3. Make suitable recommendations for Odisha in order to raise Rs. 2,000 crores to implement a food-based subsidy program.

Project 12: Feasibility of a new state in Barak Valley

1. Study the movement for a new state for the Bengali-speaking population in the Barak Valley in Assam.
2. Explore the feasibility of the new state in terms of collection of revenue, costs of administration and governance, presence of industry and employment opportunities, and potential for economic growth.
3. Study similar demands in India’s history and analyze previous reports to make suitable recommendations.

 


 

Class profile

 

Total class size (Delhi 2017): 60

 

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Age profile