Policy in Action – Delhi 2018

Participating MPs & Institutions


Binoy Viswam (Rajya Sabha)

Mr. Viswam is a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Kerala. He is a senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader who has been with the party since he turned 18, and is currently the president of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Employees' Federation. He also serves the CPI in his capacity as its Central Secretariat Member.

Prior to his nomination to the Parliament, he has been the Forest Minister in the Government of Kerala and was elected multiple times to the Kerala Legislative Assembly from Nadapuram constituency, Kozhikode. During his time as an MLA, he has served as Member (Estimates Committee), as Chairman (Assurance Committee) and was one of the five members of the Constituency Delimitation Committee.

A well-known youth leader in his younger days, he has served as Vice President of World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), and also as the Head of its Asia Pacific Commission. A lawyer by profession, he has also worked with the Nottingham University, UK as a creative writer.

Husain Dalwai - MP (Rajya Sabha)

Husain DalwaiMr. Husain Dalwai is a two time Rajya Sabha MP. He was first elected to the Upper House in 2011. He is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC).

He is a seasoned politician and has previously been a Member of the Legislative Council in Maharashtra and later a Minister for Labour in the Maharashtra state government. He is a diligent Parliamentarian with a high attendance record and actively participates in all debates and discussions on Bills. He is currently a member of three Parliamentary Standing Committees - Urban Development, Government Assurances and Welfare of OBCs.

Mr. Dalwai is a strong champion for the rights of minorities, dalits, adivasis and farmers. He holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Mumbai. He is a trade unionist, journalist and writer by profession.

Narendra Keshav Sawaikar - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Sawaikar is a first time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the South Goa constituency. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He was the Standing Counsel for the Union of India in the High Court of Bombay at Goa from 2001 to 2004, and the Additional Govt. Advocate for the Govt. of Goa in the High Court from 2002 to 2004. He has served as the Chairman of the Goa State Law Commission.

In Parliament, he sits on several committees including the Committee on Public Undertakings, Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Standing Committee on Commerce, and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Ministry of Shipping. He is also the Chairman of the Goa Bagayatdar Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sanstha Maryadit — the state’s largest cooperative society.

Ninong Ering - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Ering is a Member of Parliament 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.

NK Premachandran - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Premachandran is a three time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Kollam constituency in Kerala. He is a member of the Central Secretariat of the Revolutionary Socialist Party, and received the Best Parliamentarian Award in 2016.

He received an education in law from the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram, and started his political career through student politics. He was elected to the Gram Panchayat, the District Council, and the Zilla Panchayat. He has also served as Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) before taking charge of the Ministry of Water Resources in Kerala. He was awarded the “Best Minister” by Asianet Channel for his reforms in the water sector and for his handling of interstate water disputes.

He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development and the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Rajeev Shankarrao Satav (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Satav is a Member of Parliament from Hingoli in Maharashtra. Prior to being an MP, he was President of the Indian Youth Congress (2010 to 2014), and the President of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress (2008 to 2010). Currently he is the All India Congress Committee (AICC) In-charge for the State of Gujarat & holds Permanent Invitee status to the Congress Working Committee which is the highest decision-making body of the Indian National Congress (INC).

A three time consecutive winner of the Sansad Ratna Award, an honour given to the top performing Indian MPs, he continues to have an active parliamentary career. He is a member of four Parliamentary committees - the Standing Committee on Railways, the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Land Acquisition Bill, and the Consultative Committee on Youth Affairs & Sports.

Well known for being a voice of reason, and for his youth connect, he received his education from Fergusson College and ILS Law College, Pune.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, GoI

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, is the apex body for the formulation and administration of policies related to housing and urban development in India.

The Ministry was constituted in 1952 when it was known as the Ministry of Works, Housing & Supply. In the following years, as India’s economy and needs grew, so did the Ministry’s mandate. In 2017, it was renamed the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Some important schemes and programs overseen by the Ministry include the Swachh Bharat Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transport (AMRUT), Smart Cities Project, and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The Urban Transport wing of the Ministry is the nodal division for coordination, appraisal and approval of Urban Transport matters including Metro Rail Projects at the central level. The Ministry also oversees the work of Statutory and Autonomous Bodies such as the Delhi Development Authority.

The current Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is headed by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri. At the bureaucratic level, the Ministry is headed by Secretary, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, IAS.



Live Projects

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

Project 1: Implementability of the Right to Recall in the Indian context

a) Understand the evolution of the ‘Right to Recall’ of elected representatives and study its pros and cons;
b) Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of implementing such a system in India at various levels of government;
c) Using global case studies, make recommendations on the modalities of implementing the ‘Right to Recall’ in India;
d) Draft a Bill to amend The Representation of the People Act, 1951 to reflect the same.

Project 2: Street Children enumeration and policies for rehabilitation

a) Gather available (secondary) data with the help of civil society organisations to estimate the number of street children in India (and specifically Maharashtra);
b) Study the causes of the problem and understand issues faced by street children;
c) Undertake a critical analysis of existing policies and resource allocation by the government, and compare these with policies followed by other countries;
d) Make suitable policy recommendations for tackling the problem and improving rehabilitation of children living on the streets.

Project 3: Implementation of the Street Vendors Act, 2014

a) Analyse the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihoods and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 and its implementation across India;
b) Consult stakeholders and undertake secondary research to study (and document) at least one successful and one poor implementation example. Compare and contrast the two;
c) Make suitable recommendations to improve the implementation of the law.

Project 4: Impact of changing Coastal Regulation Zone

a) Analyze the impact of the changing nature of the ‘High Tide Line’ under CRZ notifications since its introduction in 1991, with specific regard to the CRZ draft notification of April 2018;
b) Analyse the issues raised by fishworker communities (such as the National Fisherworkers’ Forum), and other groups not in favor of changing the CRZ limit;
c) Study the applicability of the 2018 CRZ draft notification in the Indian scenario and possible challenges, specifically with respect to its impact on sectors such as sand mining and tourism;
d) Study global best practices in coastal zone regulation and make recommendations for India.

Project 5: Separate Cadre for Arunachal Pradesh in All India Services

a) Undertake a brief analysis of India’s administrative services, in particular the evolution of the cadre system policy;
b) Explore the impact of having a separate state cadre in the All India Services, by studying other cases where cadres have been separated state-wise and the rationale behind doing so;
c) Document case studies of global best practices in administrative governance and make recommendations for Arunachal Pradesh;
d) Prepare advocacy material reflecting the MP’s intent to ask for separate cadre.

Project 6: Water sharing issues between India and China

a) Study the history and evolution of water-sharing between India and China and analyse how the economic, diplomatic and military relations between India and China affect water sharing;
b) Understand how infrastructure projects on the Tsangpo River in China affect India and Indian populations in the NE through secondary research and by conducting stakeholder consultations;
c) Make recommendations basis global practices on how India and China should approach water sharing to avoid conflict;
d) Prepare advocacy material reflecting the above.

Project 7: Impact of Economic Reforms on Labour in India

a) Trace the changing face of labour in India since the 1991 economic reforms;
b) Undertake a study of the major interventions since and understand their impact on labour with respect to the nature of employment, social welfare, settlement of industrial disputes, and role of labour/trade unions;
c) Identify the cumulative impact on employment and employment generation in India’s secondary/manufacturing sector (refer to labour commission, ILO and Parliamentary committee reports);
d) Make case studies of global best practices with respect to labour reforms and recommend changes to India’s current labour laws based on learnings from the above.

Project 8: Study on Disability Rights and the Accessible India Campaign

a) Analyse the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and its implementation. Review the targets achieved under the Accessibility India Campaign;
b) Build a case study by undertaking secondary research and consulting stakeholders to estimate the financial implications of implementing accessible design architecture in a prominent public space ;
c) Study global best practices and make recommendations for socio-economic development of Persons with Disabilities;
d) Prepare advocacy material on instituting accessible design in public places.

Project 9: Social and Educational Development of OBCs

a) Analyse the impact of the 93rd Constitutional Amendment that allowed the government to make provisions for the advancement of socially and educationally backward classes, including reservations for OBCs in admission to higher educational institutions;
b) Study the different forms of educational support available to OBCs in Maharashtra, via the state government or the central, and analyse their impact. Study government reports and case law/ judgements to map progress and understand associated issues;
c) Look at international examples of successful affirmative action and make suitable recommendations for the socio-educational development of OBCs.

Project 10: Leveraging e-commerce logistics to create urban employment

a) Undertake stakeholder consultations to understand the logistical operations of popular e-commerce platforms across Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in India, and identify the skills gap in logistics and warehousing in the e-commerce industry in India ;
b) Study the design of the existing skilling initiatives (such as PMKVY and DDUGKY) and identify reasons for their success or failure;
c) Suggest recommendations to inform the design of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) which is considering skilling and placing urban poor in logistics and warehousing within the e-commerce industry.

Project 11: Lessons in urban poverty reduction

a) Study the concept of urban poverty in India and understand why it has to be dealt with differently from the phenomenon of rural poverty;
b) Analyse India’s existing urban poverty reduction strategies;
c) Undertake a study of successful urban poverty reduction strategies in other countries;
d) Recommend lessons from the global experience or best practices that can be applied in the Indian context.



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Total class size (Delhi 2018): 55


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