New Delhi : Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows Scheme (PMRDF) is a platform for establishing people’s involvement in Rural India to bring about much needed reforms and change — was PM Modi’s central point of focus, when he interacted with more than 200 youths working in rural development initiatives, under the umbrella of PMRDF across the country. PM spoke at the event on Monday and emphasized on people’s involvement to bring about a change in rural areas as he interacted with over 200 youths working in these areas under a national scheme.
PM Modi interacted with 230 PMRD Fellows and observed that people’s participation emerged as core-focus among the presentations made by participants. PM said that he also received similar vibes from them during direct interactions with the Fellows, while they shared their field experiences with him. PM concluded from the feedback that this could emerge as the most important aspect of bringing about a ‘change’. PM extended an ongoing response-feedback mechanism by suggesting the participants to share their comments and suggestions on a continual basis, going forward, so that the PMRDF scheme could be strengthened on a regular basis and information be updated for implementing further refinement in the scheme. PM appreciated the achievements of the participants, and praised their dedicated devotion for working on the scheme despite the challenges these participants faced on a day-to-day basis vis-a-vis peer and family pressures.
11 young participants presented brief account of their works in remote, rural, tribal and Left-Wing Extremism affected areas, on women empowerment, maternal and infant health-care, education, nutrition, livelihoods, Swachh Bharat, Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat, and people’s participation in governance. Later, in an interactive session with the Prime Minister, several participants shared their thoughts on themes such as development of the North-East, rural education, tribal development, organic farming and welfare of the disabled.
PMDRF is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) implemented in collaboration with state governments. It focuses on poverty alleviation and improving the lives of the population in backward and isolated regions of India. It was announced in September 2011 and inducted its first batch of Fellows in April 2012.During the two-year fellowship, the Fellows work closely with the District Collector of Additional Central Assistance and Integrated Action Plan districts, with an aim of bridging the gap between people’s needs and the system’s provisions by reducing developmental and governance deficits. After successful completion of the fellowship, the PMRD Fellow is required to spend one year in public service in the State to which she/he is assigned. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), as a knowledge partner of MoRD, facilitates the process of selection, recruitment, training, mentoring and monitoring the work of the Fellows.
PM Modi also released a book Scripting Change – which highlighted the essence of the work being done by PMRD Fellows across the country. Rural Development minister Chaudhary Birender Singh was also present on the occasion.