Telangana State Development Planning Society Planning Department, Government of Telangana
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Vision

Our vision is to generate a support system equipped to access, use, analyse, orient and develop action plans, on varied sectors for use by varied departments for systematic Policy Making & Evaluation and to better enable the Planning Department meet Social, Economic, Financial, and Natural Climatic challenges.

About TSDPS

TSDPS is a registered society under Societies Registration Act 1898/ 2001. On bifurcation of state in terms of G.O. Ms. No.20. REVENUE(REG.II) Department Dated 18-08-2014. The erstwhile TSDPS has been taken over from 01.11.14 and is functioning separately.

Background: The society has been established way back in 2003 with the assistance of World Bank in 2003 under APHM & ECR project under the planning department. Later on, on closure of the project a separate autonomous society has been established on 01.3.2003 under the administrative control of Planning Department. The society was entrusted to take up Disaster Mitigation studies relating to “Rainfall-Run-off and Flood Forecasting, Cyclone model for Track, Wind and Storm Surge forecast to improve the early warning capabilities of State on natural disasters. The society in course of its working also started studies on Coastal Zone Management, Delta Water management, Preparation of Disaster Management Plans related to Cyclone, Drought and Earthquakes as part of its long term mitigation measures.

The Society was restructured on 01.4.12 to support Planning department activities pertaining to Result Framework based outcome monitoring to support planning and growth forecasting through professional support, mainstreaming the disaster mitigation and networking with various national and international organizations.

 

Objectives of TSDPS

Building a strong, reliable and accurate data on weather related parameters and real time dissemination system that can reach out to the communities at the lowest territorial units using all possible types of communications systems Generating vulnerability mapping for all types of disasters for the State, District, Mandals and Villages and prepares Disaster Mitigation plans and integrates them with the regular planning process at State, District and Panchayat levels Analysing climate change impacts in the state and preparing State, District, Mandal and Panchayat level climate change mitigation and adaptation plans with active participation of all stakeholders Carrying out pilot projects and research in emerging and critical areas of state’s economic and social sectors with participation of stakeholders towards supporting economic and social sector planning in the state Generating Sector Wise appraisals and reviews with the help from the current data and database (both tabular & GIS based) generated from associate units of the Planning Department, that will identify the gaps and generate action points Generating alternative innovative strategies, designs and analysis on varied issues and sectors will be encouraged and the same shared with the public at large through the website Conducting gap and growth analysis of the State’s Economic and Social Sectors and carry out modelling, making projections, forecasting and result framework based outcome monitoring to support Annual and Five Year Planning in the state in coordination with the Planning and Monitoring Units of line Departments

Main Activities of TSDPS
Weather Monitoring Unit: focus on automatic real time acquisition and dissemination of weather related parameters and involves in running of weather forecast and flood models and Drought monitoring. To facilitate data collection TSDPS has installed 865 Automated Weather Stations (AWS), 64 global radiation sensors and 41 soil moisture sensors and, across the state to acquire data on real time basis. The AWS measures 6 weather parameters - Rainfall, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Pressure, Humidity and Temperature in addition it also measures Global radiation and soil moisture at desired location at every one hour interval and transmits it in the form of SMS using GSM technology. Presently, at least one AWS for each mandal is installed in a grid of 10km X 10km. River gauges measures the water level in the river at that particular location and transmits data at hourly interval.

Stake holders:

1.Agricultural farmers
2.Agricultural Insurance Corporation
3.IMD
4.NRSC
5.TRAC
6.Agricultural University
7.Agriculture Department
8.Disaster Management Department
9.Irrigation department
10.DES

The data is being used by stake holders for proper planning and implementation of varied government programs and schemes. AWS data is also being used by Agriculture Insurance Company of India for implementation of Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) for various crops in the districts.
AWS – Data Flow
Evaluation & Monitoring Unit:

Conducting gap and growth analysis of the State’s Economic and Social Sectors, carrying out evidence based studies to improve programme design and delivery. Result framework based outcome monitoring to support the planning and programme management process. The main objective is to provide reliable analytical services to the departments implementing community development programmes.

In recent past TSDPS has conducted evaluation on The studies conducted by th society
i)Kalyan Laksmi/ Shadi Mubarak
ii)Evaluation of Public Distribution System(PDS)
iii)Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-Certification System (TS-iPASS) and
iv) Research study on Labour Reforms.
v) A study on impact assessment of Crop Loan Waiver in Telangana
vi) A Study on Skill Gap assessment in MSME Sector in Telangana.

 

The purpose of such evaluation studies is to assess the impact on the target group, apart from identifying operational problems and issues like relevancy of the programme to the target group, such evaluation also focuses up on the sustainability aspect of such schemes. Many of these evidence based studies have come up with the recommendations of course correction in the schemes/ programmes and have provided guidence to improve efficiency and Services at delivery point.
Vii) Research study on Labour Reforms.

 

Manpower : There is a large team of officers assisting CEO towards achievement of organizational goal. This team comprises of 4 middle level officers of the rank of M & E Officer and Assistant executive Officers having varying experience of more than 20-25 years working in government sector, in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation, Data analysis, interpretation and presentation of technical reports etc.,


The department is having rich experience of working in the field of Agriculture statistics, specially in preparation of Seasonal Conditions report, conducting of Crop Cutting Experiments, estimation of agriculture production etc. As a part of our work we also prepare reports reflecting status of irrigation capacity existing in the state etc. Given this wide exposure to Agriculture Sector, this organization will be able to come up with a well structured report with rich content.


The organization has got a pool of professionals working as consultants, this comprises of Consultants having wide exposure in international organisations such as UNICEF and Prime Minister Rural Development Fellows. They have worked in different departments working for monitoring of government schemes. Apart from these a team of technical people numbering around 20 are assisting these officers and experts in carrying out their organizational duties.

 

District Level Co-ordinating Officer:
TSDPS has got Co- ordinating officers in all 31 districts. These Co-ordinating officers are equivalent to the rank of Tehsildars and Deputy Tehsildars with a minimum of 20 years of experience in supervisory capacity. The rich experience gathered over the years has made them sound in understanding different technicalities at the field level.

 

Field Survey Staffs:
For field investigation purpose the TSDPS will utilise the services o retaired officers of Planning Department/DES and well known researchers.

 

It is open for all departments to avail Evaluation and Monitoring services of TSDPS, as per their requirement.

 

Development Planning Unit:

assists in steering the planning department in charting a planned development process in the state. The focus is on initialising studies, research, reviews, appraisals and data base on key growth parameters in the state. The Society collects data from different departments / schemes / programmes, analyses growth patterns and trends, identifies gaps and areas of concern, collates interdepartmental data to get both a Macro and Micro picture of the functioning of sectors and programmes that aid in planning the key areas of focus in terms of funds, allocations, schemes, locations and types of interventions to be undertaken. The Planning activity with the support of a specialised unit is poised to become a professional exercise where trends and concerns pinpoint the focus areas and assist in preparing the action plans. The Planning exercise can with this focus transform from a mechanical and routine exercise into a demand driven, target oriented and effective tool that can hugely enhance developmental prospects of the state.