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.

Preparing Model EPC Contract for the Dedicated Freight Corridor
To moderate and balance the complexities of the Planning Commission document on the Engineering and Procurement Contract (EPC). There is a lack of coordination with respect to the areas linked to (1) civil works, (2) electrical/mechanical portion and (3) signalling. The basic purpose of this document is to combine all these areas into a unified model to expedite the work for the dedicated freight corridors in India

Evaluation of e-Courts Mission Mode Project
The main objective of the study is to assess the level of computersitaion of district and Taluka courts in India covered under the e-Courts project. This includes assessment of the ICT deployment of hardware & LAN components, utilisation of hardware & LAN components, assessment of Case Information System (CIS) application roll out and readiness for service delivery, etc. An online survey and face to face interview will be conducted among four major groups of stake holders; judicial officers, court officials, lawyers and litigants. The study will cover 300 courts spread over 5 high courts in India.

E-Readiness Assessment and e-Governance Ranking of Indian States/ UTs 2011-12
This is the sixth in a series of e-Readiness reports since 2004. These projects are a paradigm shift in the delivery mechanism of various governance services through ICT adoption by government and are a tool to ‘serve the unserved’ and promote inclusiveness. The assessment is now going to be carried out over time, i.e., states will now be able to track their growth over time. The analysis of different e-Governance projects being implemented in Indian states/union territories will continue in the reports as before.

Baseline Study on e-Panchayat
As the knowledge partner on the e-Panchayat project of the Department of Information Technology, NCAER’s role is to sign off on the project scope, research framework, research methodology, and report formats as well as on the final data used in compilation. The main objectives of the study are to create baseline data against which the impact of ICT based delivery processes can be measured, to understand the challenges in the current mode of service delivery and create a benchmark for future implementation, as well as to understand the differences between high and low performing e-Panchayats. The Agricultural Finance Corporation Limited (AFCL India Limited) is the executing research institute for this project along with Research and Development Initiative Private Limited as the supporting market research agency.

Preparation of Standard Bidding Documents
DFCCI is engaged in developing dedicated railway freight corridors and as part of this endeavour it has decided to carry out the bidding process and requested NCAER to prepare the bidding documents

Economic Impact of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Modern airports offer a variety of economic services to the local community in terms of income, employment, and infrastructure. Not only do they offer direct benefits, they also create a significant amount of indirect benefits to other sectors directly or indirectly associated with airports. In this context, this study makes an attempt to assess the economic impact of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on the regional (Maharashtra) and national (all India) economies in terms of output, value added and employment (number of jobs).