During the year 2018-19 (up to December 2018), a total Grant of Rs. 115.13 lakh was released which comprised Rs 112.56 lakh on research studies and Rs 2.57 lakh on seminars/workshops/ conferences.
Proposals for funding 15 new research studies (Table 1.1) while seven ongoing research studies were completed during the year (Table1.2). Besides, seminar support was provided to two institutions and logo support was provided to 25 Institutions for events across a wide spectrum of subjects/ sectors.
The study reports/seminars proceedings are received both in hard and soft copies. All these research study reports are uploaded on the website of NITI Aayog for easy accessibility, exchange of views and wider use in research as well as development. Copies of these reports and seminar proceedings are also circulated to concerned verticals/divisions within NITI Aayog. The concerned divisions in the NITI Aayog examine these reports and send them to their concerned Ministries/Departments for further action.
- Direct Benefit Transfers in Fertilizers: The Committee set up by PMO under the chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilizers continued to guide the initiative. By March 2018, Phase-I of DBT in Fertilizers, which envisages transfer of fertilizer subsidy to companies on the sale of fertilizers at retailer point through Point of Sales (PoS) devices was completed and rolled out in the entire country. NITI Aayog conducted evaluation studies on DBT in Fertilizers through M/s Microsave, which have shown encouraging results and remarkable success in implementation.
- Revival of non-operational Urea units: Three closed urea units of Fertilizers Corporation India Limited (FCIL) and two closed units of Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Limited (HFCL) are being revived by a consortium of PSUs. An Inter-Ministerial Consultation under the Chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog has been actively monitoring the revival of these units and resolving the issues encountered during the process. These units being set up in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni are expected to significantly reduce India’s dependency on imports of urea.
- Talcher Fertilizer Unit: The Talcher Fertilizer Unit is one of the units which is being revived under FCIL. To oversee the processes of revival, a Committee had been set up under the Chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog, under which comprehensive discussions on the subject have taken place. The urea plant in Talchar is envisaged to use the coal gasification technology for the first time in India, thus reducing dependency on imported gas and curtailing volatility in fertilizer prices. The foundation stone for the plant was laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister in September 2018.
- Promoting Millets through the Public Distribution System (PDS): In order to promote millets under Public Distribution System and provide nutritional support, a Committee had been constituted last year under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog. The report of the Committee titled, “Improving Nutrition through Promotion of Millets under Public Distribution System”, has been submitted to the Government for consideration.
- Expert Group on Target Energy Norms: An expert group has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog to provide recommendations on Target Energy Norms, w.e.f. 1st April, 2025. The objective is to maximize indigenous urea production, promote energy efficiency among urea units and rationalize subsidy burden of the Government for urea. The expert group is also deliberating the roadmap for urea units which use coal for power generation and / or steam generation. So far two meetings of the expert group have been held in 2018, which included consultation with industry representatives to better understand the complexity of the fertilizer sector.
- Workshop on Best Practices in International Arbitration: NITI Aayog, in association with the ICC International Court of Arbitration (‘ICC Court’) organized a Brainstorming Workshop on Best Practices in International Arbitration on October 10, 2018 in New Delhi. The programme was attended by over 200 officers from Central and State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, etc. The workshop helped the participants acquire knowledge and practical insights about Arbitration besides amendments to the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996. This would complement the initiative and give the much-needed impetus, not only to ‘Make in India’ but also to ‘Resolve in India’.
- Task Force on Sugarcane & Sugar Industry: A task force has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog to find long term solutions for sugarcane and sugar industry so as to rationalize their dependence on state assistance while at the same time encourage farm diversification to reduce adverse effect on water sector. Technical support to the task force is being provided by the Department of Food & Public Distribution.
- Table-1.1: List of New Research Studies Approved during the year 2018-19.*
Sl. No Name of the Topic Name of the Institution/ Organisation 1 Review of Udaan Scheme in Jammu & Kashmir. Bureau of Research on Industry & Economic Fundamentals Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi 2 Reviewing the visitor facilities at 50 of the 116 ticketed monuments (including world Heritage sites) for suggesting the way forward for making them world class tourist places Development Oriented Operations Research Surveys, Noida 3 Evaluation of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas Scheme Development Oriented Operations Research Surveys, Noida 4 Efficiency of Micro Irrigation in Economising water use in India National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi 5 Sample Survey and Study under section 12(1)(c) Development & Research Services Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi 6 Development of Management Action Plan to Mitigate Human Crocodile conflicts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Wild Life Institute of India, Dehradun 7 Improving the Effectiveness of Jan Aushadi Stores BML Munjal University, Gurgaon 8 Action Research for Waste Reduction Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, New Delhi 9 Measures to Augment the Resources of the PRIs. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. 10 New Approaches to PPP focussing on the Airport Urban Rail & Integrated Solid Waste Management Sectors CRISIL Risk & Infrastructure Solutions Limited 11 Redevelopment of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex- Sports Authority of India (SAI) under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi 12 Redevelopment of Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex- Sports Authority of India (SAI) under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi 13 Impact Assessment of the Prime Minister's Kaushal Vikas Yojana". Centre for Economic Policy Research, Amritsar 14 Setting up Solar Projects of 300 GW to 500 GW by 2030 CRISIL Risk & Infrastructure Solutions Limited 15 DPR for Development of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat Development Tools IIT Patna, Bihar 16 Adoption of Natural Farming and its effect on Crop Yield & Farmers Livelihood in India. ICAR- National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderanad 17 Land Use/Land Cover Mapping of Great Nicobar Island on a large Scale using very high Resolution satellite data for development planning with emphasis on forest conversation Forest Survey of India, Dehradun 18 Land Use/Land Cover Mapping of Little Andaman Island on a large Scale using very high Resolution satellite data for development planning with emphasis on forest conversation Forest Survey of India, Dehradun 19 Development of Water Resources in little Andaman & Great Nicobar Islands. WAPCOS 20 Reclamation of Land in Little Andaman & Great Nicobar Islands. WAPCOS 21 Evaluation of Integrated Child Development Services Scheme. Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
- Table-1.2: List of Research Studies completed during the year 2018-19.*
Sl. No Name of the Topic Name of the Institution/ Organisation 1 Effectiveness of PRIs in Health Care System in the State of Madhya Pradesh: Impact of Duality and role of Bureaucracy in New Approaches. Shri Ram Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, New Delhi 2 Socio Economic Impact Study of Mining and Mining Policies on Livelihoods of Local Population in Vindhyan Region of Uttar Pradesh Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun 3 Use of ICT in Secondary schools in six states. Education Quality Foundation of India, New Delhi 4 Catalyzing Actions for District Development Planning by Consolidating local Priorities Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), New Delhi 5 Highlighting Impact of decision in Highway matter on economy in general and specific stakeholders. CUTS International, Jaipur 6 State Finances of West Bengal Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata 7 Composite Water Resources Management Index for Indian States. Dalberg Global Development Advisors Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi 8 Research Study on Impact of Power Sector Growth on Water Resources Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (C-STEP), Bangalore 9 Research Proposal on Energy-Water Nexus & Efficient Water Cooling Technologies for Thermal Power Plants in India. Council on Energy, Environment and Water, New Delhi 10 Research Study on Energy, Food & Water Nexus Integrated Research & Action for Development, New Delhi 11 Research Study on Integrated Modelling Study of Energy-Water-Food Nexus in India The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi 12 Impact of special package for drought mitigation implemented in Bundelkhand Region of UP and MP states during the period of 12th FIve Year Plan The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi
* Upto 10th January, 2019