A new Delhi Assembly cell, which will engage around 150 youth, is being launched to create a repository of research material and improve the standard of House debates and proceedings.
The General Purposes Committee (GPC) of the assembly has green-flagged the proposal, which had come from MLAs last December.
The Centre, which will be named ‘Delhi Assembly Research Centre (DARC)’, will have 60 fellows and 90 associate fellows, who will be initially engaged for a year, a statement said. People aged between 21 and 35 years can apply for positions in the programme, to commence in April.
Through the initiative, the youngsters will also get a ringside view of policy-making and governance. Apart from various government departments, the fellows will also be assigned constituency-related works, House committees-related work, and assisting the Assembly Secretariat in legislation. They will be asked to provide a comparative study of existing laws and policies in other states and countries and also publish reports and resource materials for use of legislators and various departments.
The Delhi government has already instituted a Chief Minister’s Urban Leadership Fellows programme.
Along the lines of the LAMP (Legislative Assistant to Members of Parliament) fellowship programme, where young people get to assist MPs, the DARC fellows will also be assigned to work with Delhi MLAs and the Delhi Assembly secretariat. While the fellows will be paid Rs 1 lakh per month, interns will be paid Rs 60,000.
The objective of the Centre will also be to “study the best practices in various fields in other legislatures and governments within as well as outside India”.