Prof Donti Narasimha Reddy
With the PhD is Public Policy in Nuclear Energy has a strong research background, being educated in University of Hyderabad and Osmania University.
His work on industrial pollution since his student days at the University level, has been instrumental in producing a status report on environment in 1990 in Andhra Pradesh. He also authored environment education material for universities and colleges, and also co-authored a book on Environmental Education, published in 2001.
He worked on different research projects which included environment education, agriculture, electricity, energy, handloom sector and action research related to economy and environmental problems. I have been working on agriculture issues of Andhra Pradesh. He was associated with research and policy initiatives related to promotion of organic farming in India. He was instrumental in developing Indian Organic Standards that are suitable to Indian farming conditions. For his work, he was also elected as Board member of IFOAM-Asia. IFOAM-Asia is part of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) based in Germany. He had developed information and policy expertise on seed sector, cotton, sugarcane, sericulture and other related areas. He supports various initiatives on land and water issues. He was a member of Advisory Council, of Textile Exchange (a global non-profit), based in United States. He is currently a Member of State Advisory Committee, AP Electricity Regulatory Commission, representing academic and research bodies. Currently, He is providing consultancy services to various organizations, including Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Water Aid India and Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi.
He is the only research analyst on Indian textile sector, contributing his thinking on integrating various segments of textile sector. A decade ago, he established a centre on handloom sector, providing information and doing policy advocacy, dealing essential issues related to handloom sector in India. He brought out 24 publications in Telugu on handloom sector, and wrote several articles published online, touching upon varied subjects including problems of women weavers, wages, unfair competition, handloom markets, handloom budgets and travails of shed weavers. He also wrote on various other subjects. He participated in several workshops and seminars in India and abroad on trade, agriculture and textile subjects. He traveled widely including Canada, Sweden, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines, Malaysia, Bangladesh and China. In the previous decade, he initiated a unique marketing model in India; an enterprise that has brought together about 500 handloom weavers. He singularly lobbied for and succeeded in restoration of HS classification for handloom products. Through his efforts, handloom weaving community was included National Disaster Plan, and also for the first time, coastal area handloom weavers received compensation for flooding in 2007. He ideated and was also instrumental in getting official recognition for National Handloom Day, on 7th August, every year.
His strength lies in working on different sectors and has wide knowledge on issues therein, which includes power sector, textile sector, agriculture and industrial sectors. He is been an important member of civil society in India, specifically Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for the past 30 years. As an intense team player, he built campaigns, advocacy programmes and policy change projects. For the past 17 years, he has been doing research on electricity with a team, named People’s Monitoring Group on Electricity Regulation, which has been contributing to public discourse and public interest-oriented policy changes in electricity sector of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. His Ph.D on ‘Nuclear Energy Policy’ has enabled him to select handloom production as the best method of textile production in the current context of concerns over climate change. He worked extensively on urban water issues in Hyderabad.