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Project Appraisal & Management Division
Project Appraisal and Management Division
Overview


The Project Appraisal and Management Division (PAMD) undertakes the appraisal of public-funded projects and schemes costing Rs 500 crore and above in consultation with the subject divisions of NITI Aayog. This is done before they are considered for recommendation/decision by the Public Investment Board or Expenditure Finance Committee (depending on the nature of the project and its cost).
 

PAMD appraises proposals of the Ministry of Railways costing Rs 500 crore and above, to be considered by the Expanded Board of Railways (EBR). PAMD also appraises Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) proposals to analyze the factors attributed to cost and time overruns and their impact on viability.

Core Functions


NITI Aayog through its appraisal memorandums has been instrumental in suggesting and bringing about systemic improvements aimed at the efficacy of public sector schemes and spending in terms of delivery and outcomes. This Division has been accordingly assigned to discharge the following functions:
 

  • Prescribe guidelines and develop formats for the submission of proposals for projects and programmes for techno-economic appraisal;

  • Undertake research studies to improve the methodology and procedure for appraisal of projects and programmes;

  • Undertake techno-economic appraisal of major projects and programmes in the public sectors; and

  • Assist Central Ministries to establish proper procedures for the preparation of reports of projects and programmes.

Who's Who
Name Designation Email ID
Anurag Goyal Senior Adviser goyal.anurag@gov.in
Devendra Dhagarra Deputy Adviser d.dhagarra@gov.in
R.C. Meena Deputy Adviser Rcmeena-pc@gov.in
Chandrashekhar Jain Consultant c.shekhar.jain@nic.in
Arpana Bhatt Consultant Arpana.bhatt@nic.in
Amrit Pal Kaur Specialist Amrit.pal44@nic.in
Jyoti Khattar Senior Research Officer Jyoti.khattar@gov.in
Rajendra Singh Economic Officer Rajendra.singh65@nic.in
Anusha Shekar Associate shekar.anusha@gov.in
Debabrata Mishra Young Professional debmishra@govcontractor.in
Akshita Bindal Young Professional Akshita.bindal@gov.in
Partners


PAMD actively engages with various Departments, State Governments, and statutory bodies.

Line Ministries

 

  • Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance

  • All Central Ministries and Departments

Reports


During FY 2020–21, appraisal of 196 schemes/programmes contained in the EFC/PIB/EBR proposals and involving an outlay of Rs 41,40,349 crore was undertaken. The sectoral distribution of projects appraised from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 is set out in the table below:
 

SECTORS No. Cost (Rs Cr)
AGRICULTURE    
Agriculture and Allied Sectors 12 564524
ENERGY    
Power 10 647288
Coal 3 17343
Petroleum and Natural Gas    
New and Renewable Energy 3 19894
TRANSPORT    
Railways 4 3744
Surface Transport 6 32263
Civil Aviation 4 2233
Shipping 1 1624
INDUSTRY    
Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises 1 57048
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 2 29423
Steel and Mines 2 6562
Petrochemicals and Fertilisers 6 435330
Textiles 4 45270
Food Processing Industries 4 37224
Commerce and Industry 13 125244
SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY    
Biotechnology    
Science and Technology 4 10190
Scientific and Industrial Research    
Ocean Development    
Earth Sciences    
SOCIAL SERVICES    
Education/HRD 8 434846
Culture 1 10
Youth Affairs and Sports 5 16335
Health and Family Welfare 15 232370
Women and Child Development 1 205750
Labour and Employment 2 23514
Social Justice and Empowerment 13 110942
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation 4 106424
Rural Development 5 373892
Minority Affairs    
Tribal Affairs 12 116849
Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation    
Food and Public Distribution    
COMMUNICATION    
Information and Broadcasting    
Post    
Electronics and Information Technology 1 7350
Communication    
OTHERS    
Home Affairs 14 182902
Tourism    
Environment and Forests 6 14058
Law and Justice 3 19059
Water Resources 4 47346
North Eastern Region (DONER) 3 39616
Consumer Affairs 3

18892

 

Finance/Corporate Affairs 5 77227
Planning Commission/NITI Aayog

2

 

49324

 

External Affairs

 

 

 

 

Statistics and Program Implementation

 

 

 

 

Parliamentary Affairs

 

 

 

 

Panchayati Raj

1

 

566

 

Housing and Urban Affairs

5

 

25438

 

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

1

 

948

 

Personnel, Public Grievances and pensions

3

 

1474

 

Total

196

 

41,40,349
Projects


Production-Linked Incentive Scheme

NITI Aayog assisted in designing and formulating the contours of the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for active pharmaceutical ingredients, high-efficiency solar PV modules, medical devices and mobile manufacturing sectors, among others.


National Program and Project Management Policy Framework

NITI Aayog had constituted a task force on project and program management, with the objective of laying down a plan of action advocating short- and long-term strategies for improving project and program management practices and aligning them with global best practices. The task force made several suggestions. It underlined efforts at the planning stage and recommended augmenting organisational skillsets, improving stakeholder management, leveraging technology, tools and techniques, the need for more efficiency and transparency in procurement, establishing robust project governance, and the need to develop a national policy framework.

Consequently, the ‘National Program and Project Management Policy Framework’ (NPMPF), envisaged to bring about radical reforms in the way infrastructure projects are executed in India, was launched on 28 October 2020. Hon’ble Union Ministers Shri Nitin Gadkari and Shri Piyush Goyal released the Indian Infrastructure Body of Knowledge, a book on the practice of program and project management in India.


Indian Public Procurement Reforms (Alternatives to ‘L1’)

NITI Aayog is working on reforms in public procurement. Currently, significant government expenditure is made towards public procurement of goods, works and services. There is a long-standing need for reviewing the efficacy of the existing methodology of bidder selection, through the Least Cost Selection (or ‘L1’) method. For high-impact projects and state-of-the-art equipment involving a high level of customisations, specialisation and cutting-edge technology, the L1 method often results in sub-optimal delivery, non-performances, higher life cycle cost, delays and arbitrations.


Based on detailed deliberations with various stakeholders, NITI Aayog has come up with a bouquet of options of alternative procurement strategies, which can be considered for inclusion in the General Financial Rules (GFR) 2017. This will enable public procurement authorities and agencies to select the appropriate method depending on project-specific requirements in a transparent manner and after exercising due diligence. It is under deliberation with the Ministry of Finance, CVC and CAG.