Researches/ Projects – 2013 & 2014

1.Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation of Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme.

Disaster Management Department, Government of Kerala, entrusted Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT) for the conduct of Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation (BME) of Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme in Kerala which was implemented with a central assistance of ` 1148 crores, through 19 Departments/ Agencies. The institute has successfully completed the assignment by meeting all the deadlines of the client. The components of the projects subjected for evaluation are as follows.

  1. Restoration and Development of livelihoods
  2. Infrastructure Development
    Construction of Roads, Bridges, Water supply & Sewerages, Ports & Jetties, Power infrastructure and Tourism Infrastructure
  3. Social Infrastructure and Welfare
    Construction of school buildings and supply of equipments
    Construction of Anganwadis
    Construction of hospitals and community health centres and provision of equipments and supplies
    Debt relief for fishermen
  4. Environment and Coastal Protection
  5. Coastal Housing and Resettlement

The evaluation of the project components was carried out with multiple methods like household surveys, structured observations, Key informant interviews, focus group discussions and case studies. The final report was submitted to the government in August 2012.

2.Building institutional Capacities for Micro enterprises under Kudumbasreee Mission

It is a critical study on the functioning of the micro enterprises under the Kudumbasree mission for identifying the strength and weaknesses of the core sectors of these enterprises. It was also intended to make appropriate suggestions to strengthen the institutional capacities. It was a sample based study covering 1248 micro enterprises in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kannur and Wayanad District in Kerala.

3. Developing database of Micro enterprises under Kudumbasree mission

The Kudumbasree mission was lacking the data base of the micro enterprises under its jurisdiction. It affected the policy formulation with regard to the development of micro enterprises. This project is for developing a scientific data base of all the micro enterprises under Kudumbasree mission in Kerala 

4. Domestic Migrant Labour in Kerala

The study was placed in the Legislative Assembly on the 15th of this month and attracted wide attention in the media. It is being debated in various forums not only in Kerala but also outside the state regarding its merit and significance. Domestic Migrant Labourers (DML) is our wealth creators. While their numbers have grown in recent years, we know little about them and we do little for them. Concerned about their well – being the Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation entrusted a study to Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation. The study adopted a unique train based survey of DML to estimate their stock and the annual inflow. The train survey covered all the 63 long distance trains entering Kerala through Kasaragod and Palakkad. The counts of migrants travelling in trains generated estimates of the stock of migrants of over 25 lakhs and annual arrivals of 2.35 lakhs. The remittances to their home states by the DML are over Rs.17, 500 crores.

5. Migrant Labour in Kerala – Community health interventions and Scope of Convergence

Migrant Labour population in Kerala as per the study conducted by GIFT early this year was assessed to be around 25 lakhs with 2.35 lakhs new migrants arriving in the state every year. Sudden and large influx of outsiders have triggered apprehensions to the local populace, some of which may be valid like those relating to health, sanitation and epidemic hauling. Their access to welfare schemes is near to nil, especially with regard to health care and even many other public care services are inaccessible to them due to numerous linguistic and social barriers. As a result, these sections are exposed to personal, occupational and settlement-related health hazards which need to be addressed immediately.

In this context, the workshop organized by National Rural Health Mission in the Month of November 2012 was a groundbreaking move to evolve a common platform for collective thinking about convergence of the ongoing initiatives of various departments/agencies, which otherwise remain isolated and scattered, which leads to duplication of efforts and lack of coordination. After this workshop, in order to address both the health issues of migrant population and the need for convergent efforts at the governmental level, the National Rural Health mission entrusted a study to Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation on Domestic Migrant Labour in Kerala with special focus on community health interventions and scope of convergence.

The intention of the study is to take into account the present context of such large influx of migrant labour into the state, and the interventions that need to be initiated to create reliable data base, in order to bring the migrant labourers into the existing pubic health care /social welfare network. This, in turn, should facilitate the harmonious integration of the migrant population with local community and to improve the level of awareness among them on health and hygiene issues.

As part of the study, an evaluation of existing schemes of various departments addressing migrant population in Kerala was made. Medical camps and social surveys in workplaces and settlements of the migrants were conducted for mapping the demographic and socio-economic profile of migrant labour, their health status and needs.

6. Evaluation of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) aims to promote and develop commerce, trade and industrial sector of Kerala using the brand value of Kerala Tourism. The objective of the festival is to make the state an international shopping destination and promote the traditional products of Kerala. Government of Kerala manages the entire event. The festival had its origins in 2007 and the sixth edition (2012-13) just got over.

The festival is expected to give a boost to the domestic economy of Kerala in two to three distinct ways. The sale of typical Kerala products will raise their production and employment in the sectors thereby raising the incomes of the factors of production. The demand generated for the inputs from the sectors would indirectly boost the related sectors raising their employment and incomes. The domestic demand increase would boost incomes and in turn the tax revenue of the State. The performance of GKSF might have lot to do with its design or implementation. Accordingly, this study has the following objectives:

  1. To assess the impact of GKSF on the Kerala economy with higher tourist and local spending on local goods;
  2. To assess whether the design of GKSF as an incentive scheme leads to larger shopping by locals, a surge in shopping among tourists, or make Kerala a shopping destination;
  3. To assess whether the publicity by the event managers and the Merchant Establishments and the incentives promote tourist/local spending; and
  4. To assess whether the publicity material reaches the intended category of tourists/locals.

7. Result based monitoring and Evaluation of Theeramythri project

Theeramythri Project is implemented by Fisheries Department with the objective of reducing poverty among the fishermen community by developing sustainable livelihoods and thus improving quality of their life. Kerala Budget for the year 2012-13 (Budget Speech Para 87) has earmarked Rs 8.15 Crores for “Theeramythri” .in order ‘to improve the standard of living and means of livelihood of fisher folk.’ In the first year programme plan document of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17), Government of Kerala has proposed a stabilization package for the 60 sub projects implemented under TEAP/TRP.

Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation is conducting the Result based Monitoring and Evaluation of Theeramytri project. The assignment is well progressing

8. Decentralisation Analysis Cell

GIFT has set up a Decentralisation Analysis Cell (DAC) for Kerala Local Government Service Delivery Project (KLGSDP). The activities envisaged for DAC are the following. Firstly, to establish a database of the Gram Panchayath and municipal level containing information on population, vital statistics, employment, education and so on. The data are collected from existing datasets and line departments. DAC is responsible conducting surveys to gauge the service delivery performance of the local bodies and citizen satisfaction. Thirdly DAC provides policy advice with independent analysis of the fiscal system and service delivery to the relevant agencies of the State to support policy changes.