The winners of the CPPR Policy Challenge, Ranjeet Rane and Mathew John, competed against 68 other participants from across India. The 10 top participants were shortlisted for a training workshop in Kochi, Kerala. And after submitting reworked drafts, each emerged as First and Second prize holders respectively.
Ranjeet Rane is an Information Security and research professional and has a PG diploma in Cyber law. Ranjeet’s winning policy brief ‘Store in India’ proposes a National Data Infrastructure Policy (N-DIP) to address structural flaws in India’s data infrastructure. Towards this end, his paper further analyses the existing deficiencies and goes on to argue for a more holistic approach, as opposed to the existing problem solving approach.
Mathew John is at present serving as a legislative assistant to a member of India’s Parliament. By his own admission, Mathew has a keen interest for issues in Public Policy and Diplomacy. He has a BTech from the University of Kerala. Mathew’s policy brief suggested amendments to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) in India.