The Government of India’s Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT, originally known as the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, or DIPP) set a goal in early 2018 of making India a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2025. It was proposed to prepare strategic plans for the districts centred around their local strengths and economic activities with the objective of achieving an increase of at least 2-3 per cent in their annual growth rates. The DPIIT commissioned NCAER to carry out these exercise for Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts (Maharashtra) and Solan (Himachal Pradesh). Phase I included the identification of potential growth areas in the districts, making an initial set of recommendations for these potential areas, and preparing the District Strategic Plans, popularly known as District Development Plans. The goal of this during Phase II was to implement the proposed recommendations by mentoring and hand-holding the administration and other stakeholders in the district, along with capacity building and promotion of skilling initiatives. This study entailed several rounds of consultations with stakeholders, including the district administration, government departments, industry associations, entrepreneurs, NGOs, and ultimate beneficiaries like farmers and fishermen. The valuable feedback and inputs from all these stakeholders enabled the NCAER study team to effectively identify the thrust areas in Phase I and to prepare a comprehensive implementation plan in Phase II.
Poonam Munjal is a Professor at the NCAER. She has worked on a wide variety of studies, including the N-SIPI investment index, tourism satellite accounts, impact of investment in housing sector and a number of research studies based on input-output models. Previously, she worked as an Associate Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd. and as an... Read More
Nijara Deka is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. She is an applied micro-economist with a passion for innovation and research in understanding the value of wellbeing and human development and the measurement of broader outcomes in the evaluation of different public policies, including capabilities and subjective wellbeing. She also has research interests in social inequality,... Read More
Asrar Alam is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. Since January 2011 he has been working on NCAER’s landmark study, the “National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure (NSHIE)”. Involved since its inception, Asrar has actively contributed to the sampling process, data collection and cleaning techniques. Other than this, he has also worked on two other projects... Read More