Policy in Action – Mumbai 2017

Participating MPs


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 is a member of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party.

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.

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. He also sits on the Consultative Committee on Steel.

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.

Jayadev Galla - MP (Lok Sabha)

Mr. Galla is a first time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Guntur constituency in Andhra Pradesh. He is a member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

He serves as the Vice-President and Managing Director at Amara Raja Batteries Limited, and was awarded the ‘Best CEO Award’ by Business Today in 2015 for the auto ancillary category. He is also the President of the Andhra Pradesh Squash Rackets Association. He studied political science and economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

He is currently a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce. He also sits on the Tobacco Board that regulates the production and marketing of tobacco products in India. He is the Co-Chairman of the Vigilance & Monitoring Committee, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

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.

M V Rajeev Gowda - MP (Rajya Sabha)

photograph-of-prof-rajeev-gowda-mpProf. M V Rajeev Gowda was elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2014 from the state of Karnataka. He is a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress. He was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences and the Chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bengaluru and taught a range of courses. He has served as a Director of the Central Board, Reserve Bank of India.

Prof. Gowda studied economics and political science at St. Joseph's College where he was elected as the Vice-President of the Student Union in 1982–83. He was awarded the Bangalore University gold medal in political science and secured a fully funded scholarship to pursue Masters in Economics at Fordham University, New York. Prof. Gowda holds a PhD in Public Policy & Management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law & Economics from University of Berkeley, California.

Prof. Gowda leads ‘Bengaluru Needs You’ (BNY), a citizen movement to involve and empower people to engage with civic authorities to bring positive transformation in the city of Bengaluru.

Sanjay Jaiswal - MP (Lok Sabha)

Dr. Jaiswal is a two-time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Paschim Champaran constituency in Bihar. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He completed his MBBS from Patna Medical College and MD from Darbhanga Medical College in Patna. He is a member of the Governing Body of AIIMS, Patna and the Central Council of Health and Family Welfare. Previously, he has also been a member of the governing body of JIPMER, Puducherry. He takes keen interest in organizing medical camps for people below the poverty line, especially those belonging to disadvantaged communities.

He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare and the Committee on Estimates. He is also the President of the District Badminton Association.

Supriya Sule - MP (Lok Sabha)

photograph-of-ms-supriya-sule-mpMs. Supriya Sule is a member of the Nationalist Congress Party and currently an MP in Lok Sabha. She has been representing the Baramati constituency of Maharashtra since 2009. Before being elected to the Lok Sabha, she was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2009, also from Maharashtra.

Ms. Sule sits on the Standing Committee on External Affairs as well as the Committee on the Empowerment of Women. In 2011, she launched a statewide campaign in Maharashtra against female foeticide. Recently, she has been honoured with "Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award" by ALL Ladies League for her outstanding contribution to social service.

She was educated at Jai Hind College in Mumbai where she earned a B.Sc. degree in Microbiology.

Vivek Gupta - MP (Rajya Sabha)

Mr. Gupta is a first time Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from West Bengal. He is a member of the All India Trinamool Congress.

He is the Editor and Founder of Sanmarg, a Hindi daily published in Eastern India. He was the President of the Paschim Banga Hindi Academy from 2011-2012. Until recently, he was also a member of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Council as well as the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Mr. Gupta completed his B.Com (Hons) from Calcutta University and later studied system design and analysis at NIIT Kolkata and print production at V.D.M.A, Germany. He is currently a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry and the Committee on Official Languages.



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: Data Protection and Privacy

1. Study the Data (Privacy and Protection) Bill introduced by Mr. Panda as well as the Supreme Court judgement on the ‘Right to Privacy’, both of which talk about privacy of information and ‘narrowly defined exceptions’ when referring to the Right to Privacy. With this as the context, suggest scenarios and identify ‘narrowly defined exceptions’ in each case.
2. Draft a policy directive that may be issued to government departments to test whether a scheme or a set of records (PAN cards, bank accounts, exam IDs, etc.) may be linked with Aadhaar. Test the records/ schemes that have already been linked and the ones which are under consideration against the rules that you have identified.
3. Compare standards for seeking consent for data use in different countries.
4. Prepare advocacy material to inform and familiarize lay people with the importance of data privacy and informed consent.

Project 2: Performance analysis of Slum Rehabilitation Authority in Mumbai

1. Consult experts and stakeholders to conduct an audit of the work undertaken by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) in Mumbai.
2. Analyze policies governing SRA and compare with slum rehabilitation policies of other states and developing countries. Identify best practices.
3. Make suitable policy recommendations to improve performance and social impact of SRA.

Project 3: Reservation in schools for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in Mumbai

1. Study the implementation of the reservation of seats for EWS students in private schools in Mumbai. Map the extent of out-of-school children in Mumbai, especially from poor dalit/ muslim communities.
2. Identify major challenges in filling up reserved seats in private schools in Mumbai. Analyze policies and best practices of other states with respect to EWS reservation.
3. Make suitable policy recommendations to address the issue.

Project 4: Agricultural credit and farmer suicides

1. Use quantitative analysis to study the challenges faced by farmers and the agrarian sector in India.
2. Explore the link between access to agricultural credit and farmer distress (including suicides) in the country, and analyze the impact of loan waivers on the same.
3. Identify major schemes and programs implemented by the central government that offer loans, grants, and subsidies to the agricultural sector, and analyze their impact on agricultural incomes. Study policies and best practices of other countries to make suitable recommendations.

Project 5: Analysis of seed markets in India

1. Analyze the structure of the seed market in India – study the state-wise demand and supply for seeds, identify the role of public and private players as well as the stake of Indian and foreign seed companies in the seed market. Identity challenges affecting the sector, including market dominance, government support, quality of production etc.
2. Study India’s current stake in the global seed market and the potential for its growth.
3. Analyze major schemes and initiatives taken by the central government to promote Indian seed companies, and identify their impact on seed production and distribution.
4. Study policies and best practices of other countries to make suitable recommendations.

Project 6: Agricultural marketing in India

1. Use quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify the challenges faced by agricultural markets in India.
2. Study the progress of the National Agriculture Market scheme proposed by the central government. Identify issues in implementation.
3. Analyze policies and best practices of other countries in dealing with agricultural markets, in terms of pricing, market architecture, warehousing, supply chain, etc., with a focus on the derivatives markets.
4. Identify policy interventions to address bottlenecks.

Project 7: WTO regulations on procurement and public stockholding of agricultural produce

1. Analyze the competitiveness of Indian agricultural exports in global markets and study its impact on the Indian agricultural sector.
2. Study existing WTO regulations on public stockholding of food and analyze their impact on food security in developing countries, particularly India.
3. Study policies and best practices of other countries and make suitable recommendations. Also identify measures that can be taken by India to develop a permanent solution to this issue without going against WTO regulations.

Project 8: Reducing school dropout rates in Bihar

1. Use quantitative and qualitative analysis to study school dropout rates in Bihar and identify major reasons for the same.
2. Analyze policies and best practices of other states and countries in dealing with school dropout and enrolment rates.
3. Make suitable policy recommendations that can be adopted by the central government or the state government of Bihar to address the issue.

Project 9: Status of women’s health and nutrition in Bihar (specifically in West Champaran district)

1. Study existing schemes/ programs by the central government and the state government of Bihar to improve women’s health and nutrition. Determine the effectiveness of these programs and the challenges faced in implementation. Compare the performance of these schemes/ programs with respect to other states.
2. Analyze policies and best practices of other states and developing countries in dealing with women’s health and nutrition.
3. Make suitable policy recommendations that may be adopted by the central government or the state government of Bihar.

Project 10: Reskilling opportunities and skill development in India

1. Analyze the National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy and the existing institutional framework for skilling in India. Evaluate their effectiveness and impact.
2. Study policies and best practices of other countries for reskilling/upskilling such as open universities, MOOCs, etc. and evaluate their relevance for continuous vocational training.
3. Study the status of skilling and employment in the MP’s constituency Baramati and identify gaps in skilling infrastructure and education. Suggest recommendations to overcome the identified problems.

Project 11: National law on mob lynching

1. Study the draft Protection from Lynching Bill, 2017, released by the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching.
2. Analyze the Bill, consult with experts and study other legislation to suggest amendments.
3. Help build an advocacy campaign – create awareness material and write draft articles to help sensitize people and build support for the Bill (with proposed amendments).

Project 12: Compensation policies for martyrs of paramilitary forces in India

1. Identify and study the support systems (both financial and non-financial) currently in place for families of martyrs belonging to paramilitary forces. Speak with families of martyrs and/ or organizations working to support martyr families to understand the issues.
2. Study differences in the compensation policies between paramilitary and military forces, and identify the reasons for the same.
3. Study policies and best practices of other countries to make suitable policy recommendations.

Project 13: Increasing transparency in and scrutiny of executive rule-making in India

1. Study the current process of executive rule-making in India. Identify practices that reduce transparency, accountability, and public participation.
2. Study laws and best practices in other countries that subject the rule-making process to standards of due process, scrutiny, and transparency.
3. Lay out the contours of a draft law, the Transparency in Rules law, to make the executive rule-making process transparent and accessible to the public, but without paralyzing decision making.



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