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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 Project Team:
Poonam Munjal, Deepak Sanan, Somnath Sen, D B Gupta, Nijara Deka, Asrar Alam, Rahat Hasan Khan

Sponsored by:
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade