Implement Digital Direct Benefit Transfers: A DBT Readiness Index for the States of India
Both the central and state governments in India operate a vast array of cash and in-kind transfers to protect its poor. But these social protection schemes often suffer from substantial leakages and poor targeting, distort market functioning by subsidising prices and thereby impose significant fiscal stress without commensurate social benefits. India is seeking to port these subsidies into direct-to-beneficiary transfers, often called Direct Benefit Transfers or DBT. Implementing DBT should be a means to an end, not only to reduce leakages in the Indian subsidy system, but also to ensure that the targeted poor and vulnerable in society get timely transfers at low cost in time and money. In the Indian context DBT readiness is the ability of states/UTs to pursue government to citizen (G2C) and government to bank/business solutions through the use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) viz. electronic transfer of cash or in-kind benefits from government to citizen or for effecting cashless in- kind transfers. Accurate targeting of beneficiaries due to Aadhar and biometric verification makes it feasible to avoid leakages due to ghost beneficiaries and to avoid leakages due to duplication errors . The DBT-Readiness of all Indian states and Union Territories (UTs) will be assessed both annually and quarterly by National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) over the next three years starting from 2016 to 2018 based on annual surveys. The quarterly assessment will be based off a combination of primary and secondary data available or made available by state/UT governments. States/UTs will be ranked relatively using the annual surveys. The quarterly rankings will be based off absolute index, which will help track states/UTs their own growth over time. In addition to the overall DBT assessment of states and UTs, this survey undertakes DBT Readiness of 10 Central Schemes.

Calculation of GSDP of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli from 2008-09 to 2012-13
The objectives in this project are to calculate the Gross State Domestic Product of the two Union Territories from 2008-09 to 2012-13, both current and constant. In addition, in this project, the goal is to produce the sectoral GSDP unadjusted, Financial Intermediate Services Indirectly Measured (FISIM), GSDP adjusted, Consumption on Fixed Capital (depreciation) (CFC) and Net State Domestic Product (NSDP)] for both UTs. Further, using the data, NCAER will interpret the economic development of the UTS, assess the strengths and weaknesses of the UTs. Future areas of economic development will be identified using the data.

Study on India's Trade Preference Scheme for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa
This study aims to provide a simulation analysis of the trade preference scheme specified by India to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa on the basis of plausible alternative scenarios for an enhanced and expanded duty-free scheme, and to produce a report, written in a style accessible to a non-technical audience, with appropriate recommendations.

Macro-Econometric Modelling for India Incorporating Accounting of Centre-State Fiscal Systems for Finance Commission, GOI
The study will prepare a macro-fiscal framework for medium term projections and simulations of alternative scenarios keeping in view the issues that need to be addressed by the Finance Commission in light of Commission’s Terms of Reference.

Enhancing the Scope and Quality of Indian FDI Statistics
This study is targeted at bringing the focus of high-level policy attention on the urgent need to revamp India’s FDI statistical system for an accurate view of Foreign Direct Investment inflows a / outflows and their impact.

Kerala Perspective Plan 2030
The Kerala Perspective Plan 2030 (KPP) is a State Board of Planning initiative that will serve as the basis for implementation of a series of initiatives aimed at fostering sustained growth of the economy. These initiatives will facilitate the Kerala economy to leapfrog and catch up with high income countries. It is organised into three volumes. While Volume I focuses on the broad macro-economic strategy, Volume II covers major economic sectors (agriculture and allied sectors, ICT, industry and tourism), utilities (energy and water) and infrastructure (urbanisation, transport and road, and rural development) of the economy. Finally, Volume III spread over 8 chapters focuses on cross cutting themes. These initiatives will facilitate the Kerala economy to leapfrog into catching up with high income countries.

Developing an Input-Output Table for Gujarat with new Green Industries
The objective of this study is to analyse job creation and growth potential of the state of Gujarat using both secondary and primary data sources through input-output modeling. The degree of impact of exogenous factors on output of a particular sector on all sectors through different multiplier effects is examined. Three of the most frequently used types of multiplier estimate the impacts of the exogenous changes on (i) outputs of the sectors in the economy (output multiplier), (ii) income earned by households because of the new outputs (income multiplier), and (iii) employment that is expected to be generated because of the new output (employment multiplier).

Study of the Impact of Parallel Imports of Books, Films/ Music, and Software on the Indian Economy with Special Reference to Students
The Indian Copyright Act (1957) prohibits parallel imports of books, films/music and software. The copyright (Amendment) Bill 2010 seeks to insert the following proviso to section 2 of the IPA (1957): “provided that a copy of a work published in any country outside India with the permission of the author of the work and imported from that country into India shall not be deemed to be an infringing copy”. The study undertook cost-benefit analysis for producers and consumers of these products as a consequence of parallel imports being allowed in India.

Macroeconomic Modelling of Emerging Scenarios for India's Twelfth Five Year Plan
The objective of this project is to analyze three alternative growth scenarios for the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012–13 to 2016–17). These three scenarios present the expected GDP growth rates of the Indian economy under various policy actions and institutional and regulatory frameworks. The updated macro econometric model developed at NCAER was used to provide emerging scenarios. The results indicate that GDP growth rate is expected to be around 8 per cent for the Twelfth Five Year Plan period under the "flotilla" scenario, 5–6 per cent under the "muddling along" scenario and below 5 per cent under the "falling apart" scenario. The study also found that poverty reduction is expected to be high under the first scenario and would be low under the other two scenarios.

Evaluation Study on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
The objectives of the project were threefold: (1) to assess the implementation process, flow of funds, quality of assets, coverage of scheme, impact on livelihood, convergence issues, migration issues, extension of scheme to urban areas, record maintenance, capacity of implementing authorities, norms followed and involvement of PRIs; (2) to examine post construction maintenance aspects, different wages in different states and gender issues in payments; and (3) to review implementation of rules and regulations, and monitoring aspects.

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