Mumbai councillors invite youth to help them for good governance - Kulhar

For those wanting to learn how the city government works, learn at India’s richest municipal body.

In the past few years, numerous work opportunities have come up to engage youth in Indian politics. As a result, today it is common to find the students of IITs, IIMs and other prestigious schools working with politicians cutting across the party lines.

Such opportunities not only help youth get the first-hand experience of the dynamics of political space but also help politicians for they too benefit from the quality human resource.

But while there were opportunities at union and state level politicians, avenues at the local government were scarce, if any.

Taking a lead, a Mumbai based nonpartisan organization, Praja Foundation, has launched a fellowship program. Under the programme, Praja invites young Indians to work with newly elected Municipal councillors of Mumbai for good governance.

The first-of-its kind fellowship should interest those who want to learn the dynamics of the city government. And what could be the better place than to learn at India’s richest municipal body- Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation?

The fellowship aims to provide a dedicated team of researchers to Mumbai Councilors in order to help them discharge their duties more effectively. In the process, Praja says, the participating fellows would gain the understanding of ground-realities of the municipal corporation and the powers of a councillor.

Under the fellowship, Mumbai would be divided into 10 zones with two fellows placed on each.

The fellowship also comprises a five-day initial workshop to train the selected fellows in the areas of governance, civic issues, powers of councillors, and details on the fellowship.

It is a six-month paid fellowship program which shall begin from August 2017 to March 2018. Last date for application is August 5, 2017.


Note: Applications are also being invited by the Chhattisgarh government under the Chief Minister Good Governance Fellowship Program. The fellows will work closely with the government for the period of two years to support the state government in implementing public welfare schemes. Stipend range from Rs 1 lakh to 2.5 lakh and the last date of application is August 10. For more details, visit CMGGFCG

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