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Earn around Rs.10,000 (per policy) by writing policies for Sone Ki Chidiya Movement

The Sone Ki Chidiya Federation (SKCF), started in April 2013, is a Trust registered in New Delhi with membership from a range of reform-oriented organisations and individuals.  It is the organiser of the Sone Ki Chidiya total reform movement that encompasses fundamental reforms to governance for India to achieve its potential. This involves, among other things:

a) developing a total reform agenda; and

b) developing good policies to support this agenda.

With the help of the Freedom Team of India, a key constituent (and founder organisation), SKCF would like to create world-best policies in 22 areas outlined separately below. The policies should be based on the policy framework template used in FTI’s policy competition. The standard of policies is expected to be similar to that prepared by the winner of the first prize in the competition.

We are now looking for expression of interest from students (or young professionals) to draft these policies under the direction of a team of SKCF members.  Sanjeev Sabhlok will act as the coordinator for this policy project.

The work involves the following, on each policy listed below:

  • internet and electronic database search to identifying literature (including review of policies submitted for FTI's policy competition);
  • discussing the policy structure with Sanjeev and preparing a draft policy;
  • consultation with relevant SKCF policy committee;
  • discussion further with Sanjeev to incorporate policy committee feedback; and
  • finalisation of the draft policy.

SKCF will pay an honorarium of up to Rs.2,500 per month (up to Rs. 10,000 in all) per policy, subject to satisfactory progress and completion of work. If work output is delayed or quality found to be unsuitable, the work order for a particular policy will be cancelled. Any payment for work done till date of cancellation of work order will be made on the basis of the quality and timeliness of output produced.

How to apply

We are looking for students and professionals with good knowledge of economics and public policy. An undergraduate degree with major in economics is mandatory (unless you can separately prove that you understand basic economics). Higher qualifications in public policy related fields is desirable. You should have good research skills and (ideally) access to electronic databases.

Please send your brief CV and two samples of any policy or economic research conducted (at least 500 words each) to policy@sonekichidiya.in by 17 June 2013. Later submissions will also be considered, and work allocated preferably by 20 June 2013. While you may indicate policy areas of your interest, the final allocation will be done by the project coordinator.

The 22 policy areas

General governance

1.            General economic policy (including investment, licensing, trade, labour market flexibility, etc.)

2.            Property rights and land administration (including land acquisition, tribal land management, national parks, eminent domain, mining rights, etc.)

3.            Local government (including urban and rural self-government)

4.            Urban planning (including linkages with local government governance and structures)

First order functions of government

5.            Defence (including defence R&D, defence industry and technologies)

6.            Police (including prisons and internal security)

7.            Justice (including all tiers of justice system, and principles of harm and justice)

8.            Sound money (e.g. money, monetary policy, finance and banking)

Second order functions of government

9.            General infrastructure (including key principles and frameworks such as funding options)

10.          Poverty removal and social minimum (social insurance)

11.          School education (including early childhood education)

12.          Health (including preventative, primary, and hospitals)

13.          Vocational education (including skills, apprentices and guilds)

14.          Higher (including professional) education

15.          Agriculture (including irrigation)

16.          Energy (including energy generation, distribution and use)

17.          Water (including rivers policy and potable water supplies)

18.          Transport (including public transport, etc.)

Possible third order functions

19.          Environment (including wildlife and nature tourism)

20.          Archaeological artefacts and heritage (including heritage tourism)

21.          Industry (including industrial estates, SEZs, innovation and general R&D)

In addition, (22) an anti-corruption and black money policy is sought.

Note: Members of FTI and SKC Federation are invited to join policy committees but will not be paid any honorarium for their work.


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