Policy in Action – Hyderabad 2018

Participating MPs


Deepender Singh Hooda - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Hooda is a three time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Rohtak constituency in Haryana. He is a Whip of the Indian National Congress.

He is a member of the Council of Indian Institutes of Technology, Vice-Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, and the Chairperson of the Indo-UK Forum of Parliamentarians. He holds a B.Tech from Birla Institute, MD University, Rohtak and an MBA from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Before joining politics, he worked with Infosys, Reliance Industries, and American Airlines/Sabre Holdings.

He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Energy.

Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda - MP (Lok Sabha)

Photograph-3-of-Mr.-Baijayant-Panda-MP-resizedMr. Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda is a Member of Parliament of India, Lower House (Lok Sabha), representing the Kendrapara constituency, Odisha since 2009. Earlier Mr. Panda has been twice elected to Parliament, Upper House (Rajya Sabha) in 2000 and 2006, also from the State of Odisha.

He graduated from the Michigan Technological University and, with a background in Engineering and Management, worked in the corporate sector before joining politics. He takes keen interest in India’s foreign affairs and is involved in a number of Track 2 dialogues with the US, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Korea, etc. He has been associated with the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians since its founding and is currently its Chairman.

In Parliament and public life, Mr. Panda passionately espouses the cause of his home state Odisha as well as other national issues close to his heart, such as economic development, education and information technology. He was given an award for best parliamentary practices by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in 2008.

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 Union of India in the High Court of Bombay at Goa from 2001 to 2004 and the Additional Govt. Advocate for 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.

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.

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.



Live Projects

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

Project 1: Laws regulating organ transplantation

a) Identify the major issues in the existing organ transplantation laws in India, especially with respect to organ trafficking.
b) Explore potential issues that might arise due to emerging innovations such as tissue engineering and stem cells.
c) Study laws and policies of other countries and make suitable recommendations.

Project 2: Universal Basic Pension

a) Identify gaps in the existing pension schemes in India and the need for a universal basic pension scheme.
b) Analyze policies and best practices across countries.
c) Draw the broad contours for a universal basic pension scheme in India.

Project 3: Analysis of Indian manufacturing under Make in India

a) Analyze the impact of Make in India on the manufacturing sector in India.
b) Identify gaps in the scheme.
c) Study policies and best practices from across the world to strengthen the manufacturing sector. Make suitable recommendations.

Project 4: Data localization laws in India

a) Identify key issues with respect to data localization and cross-border flow of data.
b) Compare data localization laws in other countries and study the potential impact of localization regulations on businesses and the data centre market.
c) Suggest a suitable framework for India.

Project 5: Dual Citizenship

a) Study the need for dual citizenship laws in India, especially with respect to Goa.
b) Analyze dual citizenship laws across different countries and suggest a suitable framework for India.
c) Identify the various laws that will need to be amended to implement dual citizenship.

Project 6: Nationalization of rivers

a) Identify the major issues with nationalization of rivers under the National Waterways Act, 2016, with special focus on federalism and sharing of resources between the Centre and States.
b) Analyze similar laws and policies in other countries and suggest recommendations.

Project 7: Comparative legal approaches to environmental protection

a) Study the inclusion of the right to a healthy environment (and other environmental provisions) in constitutions of various countries.
b) Study the interpretations of such a right by judiciaries of countries without a constitutional protection of the environment.
c) Compare the effectiveness of the two legal approaches to environmental protection as in (a) and (b) and make suitable recommendations for India.

Project 8: Impact of GST and demonetization on the economy

a) Analyze the impact of GST and demonetization on the Indian economy, especially on the manufacturing sector, MSMEs, and the informal sector.
b) Study the impact of GST on the fiscal situation of Central and State Governments.

Project 9: Impact of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

a) Analyze the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
b) Identify its impact and study gaps in implementation.
c) Study insolvency and bankruptcy laws and best practices in other countries and make suitable recommendations.

Project 10: Swachh Bharat Mission - policy and implementation in government schools and eco- tourist spots

a) Study the policy design of Swachh Bharat Mission and identify key areas of improvement.
b) Evaluate the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in Telangana, especially with respect to government schools and eco-tourist spots, and identify major challenges.
c) Compare Telangana’s performance with that of other states and make suitable recommendations.

Project 11: Promotion of rural tourism

a) Identify the growth potential of rural tourism in India as well as the structural problems that hold back growth.
b) Analyze policies, laws, and best practices of other states and countries to promote rural tourism, especially eco-tourism.
c) Identify policy interventions that can address bottlenecks to growth in this sector.

Project 12: Urban lake protection

a) Identify the extent of degradation and encroachment of lakes due to rapid and unregulated urbanization.
b) Undertake a comparative analysis of the policies in place in different cities in India and/ or other countries.
c) Identify different policy options to protect and restore urban lakes.



Class profile


Total class size (Hyderabad 2018): 61


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Age profile