Contribution to Overall Employment by the Auto industry: Jobs and Skills
The present proposal is intended to study the contribution of the automobile sector to the overall quantity and quality of Indian employment in the auto industry. This study is being sponsored by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. The specific objectives of the project are to estimate contribution of both direct employment in the manufacturing sector and indirect in the supporting sectors. The impact of the auto industry on jobs would be disaggregated across four segments – passenger vehicles, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles. Last but not the least we will analyse the distribution of workers across various levels of academic, technical and vocational skills, across hierarchical levels and across qualities of jobs in the form of written job contracts. Rapid automation in this sector has further affected it and will have an impact on demand for type of skills.

District-driven Growth - A Pilot study for Making India a $5 trillion Economy – Phase II
The Government of India’s Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT, originally known as the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, or DIPP) set a goal in early 2018 of making India a US$ 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.

NCAER's Land Policy Initiative (N-LPI)
Land policy in India has suffered from several deficits. Relative to its size, India suffers from a paucity of economic research, policy analysis, and systematic data on land, leading to well-meaning but poorly designed and implemented government programs. Land policy is defined constitutionally as the prerogative of India’s States and the focus of data and analytical efforts relating to land must also focus on the States. To help address these deficits, and with the generous support of the Omidyar Network, NCAER launched the NCAER Land Policy Initiative (NLPI) in April 2019 to build on our prior analytical work on land, our 60 plus years of experience with data collection, and our long-standing relationship of trust with governments. The objectives of the NLPI are to (1) raise official and citizen awareness of the distortions in India’s land markets and their cost to the economy; (2) produce and curate evidence and land data and to suggest solutions and state rankings that can nudge States through competitive federalism to improve their land administration, records and services; (3) where requested, pilot such solutions with States and evaluate them; and (4) help build a larger research community of analysts and experts on land issues in India. The Land Policy Initiative has been set up with two broad objectives, the creation of: (a) NCAER’s Land Records and Services Index (N-LRSI), and (b) NCAER’s Land Data Portal. While N-LRSI will create an index to capture the extent of digitization of land records and the quality of land records in Indian States and Union Territories, the Land Data Portal will be a data warehouse for all publicly available land data in India, along with N-LRSI data.

Cement Industry in India: Current Scenario and an Overview of Competitive Landscape
The study is focused on ascertaining profitability in the industry, which in turn would examine the prospects of new investments and growth of the sector over the medium to long term. Major objectives of the study are (i)examine the degree of competitiveness of the cement sector in India, using appropriate measures of industrial concentration over time and across other major industries that are crucial for housing and infrastructure development and (ii) measure the profitability of the cement sector in terms of return on investment or profits to assets ratios, again over time and for comparison across selected industries.

Economic Impact Assessment Study for proposed project of 60 MMTPA Refinery cum Petrochemical Complex in the state of Maharashtra, India.
This NCAER study aims at providing an economic assessment of the proposed investment in refinery infrastructure, in terms of the multiplier effect on output, income, labour inputs, and tax contribution. The economic impact analysis tracks: (i) the revenues generated by a business or economic activity and their disbursal as they flow through the economy at both the local and broader levels; and (ii) jobs created, as well as any spending that supports local enterprises and generates new tax revenues at different levels of government.

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.

Analysis of Value of Urban Land Based on Trends and Patterns in the prices of land
The underlying rationale of the study is to identify the determinants of land values in the NCT of Delhi. The study, apart from using standard statistical tools, would undertake several case studies to develop a better understanding of the determinants of spatial and inter-temporal variations of land values.

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.

Cost of Customised Weather and Marine Services: A study for Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI
The Ministry of Earth Science has been providing weather / climate related forecasts on land and oceans through its constituent units namely the National Centre for Ocean Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). This study aims to estimate the cost incurred in producing user-wise customized forecasts of NCMRWF and INCOIS by carefully analysing the economic values/costs and financial costs of the output. The study will also estimate the direct and indirect value of weather services.

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