Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship (CMULF) programme

 The present government of NCT of Delhi came to power in February 2015 on the basis of a manifesto crafted through an extensive series of ‘Delhi Dialogues’ with all sections of society. With an innate belief that the process of dialogue should be carried forth even after the formation of government, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government constituted the Delhi Dialogue Commission vide its Cabinet Decision no. 2131 dated 27th February 2015.

The Commission was formed with the aim of providing a unique model of collaborative and inclusive development in Delhi. It was set up to bridge the knowledge and capacity deficit in the government, and to take advantage of the vast pool of domain expertise that lies outside the government. The Commission was tasked with the role of considering ideas, identifying the best practices and policies from around the world, and translating these into concrete recommendations to the Government of NCT of Delhi.

Since its formation, the Commission has submitted a number of policy reports and recommendations to the Government of NCT of Delhi on a wide array of development issues. These issues include an infant health insurance scheme, establishment of a Health Care Corporation in Delhi, Delhi Solar Policy, leveraging technology for dengue vector surveillance, piloting of battery electric buses etc.

The Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi is envisioned as a think-tank of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi advising the government in finding sustainable, people centric solutions to the critical development challenges facing Delhi.

DDC Delhi has the following four broad functions:

1) Policy Design: Consider ideas, innovations, best practices nationally and globally, evidence of impact in a core set of policy areas and translate them into concrete policy recommendations for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.

2) Support Policy Implementation: Support expeditious implementation of critical reforms by developing innovative models of contracting, model RFPs, leveraging technology and by actively bridging knowledge and capacity gaps, if any.

3) Promote Participatory Governance: Establish platforms that bridge the gap between government and external stakeholders such as the private sector, civil society, academia and communities in effective design and implementation of policies and government schemes.

4) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: Promote the use of data, evidence and modern monitoring and evaluation techniques for improved policy-making and better delivery of public services. Further, document the impact of reforms and policy innovations of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi to facilitate internal and external learning.

To fulfill its mandate, the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi’s work is organized around the following six sectors/verticals:

1) Social Sector: The Social Sector team advises and assists the government’s work in following areas:

  • a. Provide world-class education to every child, from early childhood education and higher education with a particular focus on outcomes of quality education.
  • b. Provide affordable and accessible healthcare facilities for all within the framework of a three-tiered universal healthcare system comprising of Mohalla Clinics, polyclinics and hospitals for tertiary care.
  • c. Ensure the welfare, social security and safety of all vulnerable sections such as children, women, elderly, SCs/STs, transgender, unorganized workers etc.

2) Environment: The Environment team advises and assists the government’s work in the following areas:

  • a. Reduce air pollution and carbon emissions substantially from current levels by forming a scientific understanding of underlying sources, and implementing innovative, evidence-backed mitigation measures.
  • b. Clean-up Yamuna by ensuring no untreated water flows into the Yamuna and develop a beautiful
  •  river side on the Yamuna, which will play a big role in maintaining the Yamuna  Eco system and creating a new tourist destination.
  • c. Make Delhi among India’s cleanest cities by working in close coordination with Municipal Corporations to get rid of open dhalavs and institute modern practices for collection, transportation & disposal of solid waste.

3) Transport and Infrastructure: The Transport and Infrastructure team advises and assists the
 government’s work in the following areas:

  • a. Create a world-class and affordable public transportation system comprising of buses, metro and efficient last-mile connectivity that gives priority to electric vehicles and non-motorized modes of transport.
  • b. Build well-designed, beautifully landscaped and safe roads that cater to the needs of all its users – the essential hallmark of a world-class city.
  • c. Provide dignified housing and essential services to all residents of Delhi with a focus on the needs of slum dwellers and residents of unauthorized colonies.

4) Economy: The Economy team advises and assists the government’s work in the following areas:

  • a. Undertake reform measures for the continued growth of Delhi’s economy including modernization of market and industrial areas, furthering the ease of doing business, nurturing the growth of culture and creative economy and establishing Delhi as the nation’s hub for start-ups.
  • b. Promote the growth of quality jobs and employment opportunities by investing in world-class skill training and better industry-government collaboration in labor-intensive sectors.
  • c. Undertake all possible steps to increase the participation of women in Delhi’s economy, including initiatives that connect housewives with job and business opportunities from or near their homes.

5) Governance: The Governance team advises and assists the government’s work in the following areas:

  • a. Establish and nurture platforms of participatory governance that bridge the gap between government and external stakeholders such as the private sector, civil society, academia and communities ineffective design and implementation of government schemes and policies.
  • b. Undertake appropriate administrative and institutional reforms to ensure that public institutions and governance in Delhi is capable of serving the needs and aspirations of the national capital of 21st century India.
  • c. Encourage the usage of modern IT and e-governance tools for transparent and efficient administration.
  • d. Promote a culture of research and innovation to address the most critical development challenges facing Delhi.

6) Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning: This team advises and assists the government’s work in the following areas:

  • a. Strengthen the use of data and modern monitoring tools such as Outcome budgeting, performance dashboards, 
  • high-frequency monitoring etc. for timely course corrections and improved policy implementation.
  • b. Conduct independent surveys and rigorous evaluations of government schemes and policies, either internally (for small/rapid assessments) or in collaboration with external organizations to generate insights on which programmed work and why.
  • c. Act as a knowledge hub on policy innovations and impact of various reforms of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and facilitate internal and external learning by publishing policy briefs, case studies, white papers etc. and hosting seminars and conferences.
  • Hon'ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

    "The Delhi Government has received global acclaim for its policies, be it the transformation of government schools, the provision of high-quality primary health care at Mohalla Clinics, 24X7  electricity provided at the lowest tariff in India, and home delivery of government services. Through the CMULF programme, we welcome the most talented youth across India to join us in the journey of transforming Delhi into a modern world-class city."



    The Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship (CMULF) programme provides a unique opportunity to young leaders across India to work within the Delhi Government to address some of the most pressing urban challenges in India, and experience what ‘making change happen’ looks like.

    The Fellowship aims to attract outstanding young Indians from across the country under the age of 35 years who are passionate about public service and are willing to work for two years with Delhi Government.

    The Fellowship programme is being managed by the Administrative Reforms department, Government of NCT of Delhi in close collaboration with the Dialogue & Development Commission (DDC), and participating line departments of Government of NCT of Delhi.

    • Remuneration of ₹1,25,000 per month will be provided to Fellows and ₹75,000 per month will be provided to Associate Fellows. In addition, a one-time grant of Rs 35,000 shall be provided at the… Read More
    • Selected fellows will undergo a structured induction programme over the first three weeks, consisting of two phases: Training (Two Weeks):  Fellows are trained on government processes and… Read More
    • The Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship programme is structured to provide a unique set of learning opportunities to Fellows such as: An opportunity to engage on a wide range of urban and… Read More
    • The Fellows will be on probation for the first three months, and only after successful completion of activities in the probation period, the Fellows will be allowed to continue for the full length of… Read More
    • At the end of the induction training, each Fellow is assigned to one of the many departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi working under the supervision of the respective Minister. The… Read More
    • Providing a matchless exposure to the functioning of the government, the Fellowship will prepare the young professionals to contribute to public service. It will enable them to access a plethora of… Read More
    • In order to fine tune the skills of fellows in the areas of problem solving, organizational management and communication, people management and resourcefulness, the fellows are individually provided… Read More

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