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Structural Strengthening of DDC Delhi

Structural Strengthening of DDC Delhi
08th March, 2022

Key Highlights

  • A comprehensive plan for restructuring and strengthening the capacity of DDC Delhi has been approved by the Delhi Government.
  • This move will provide a unique collaborative and inclusive development model that fulfills Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s vision of making Delhi the number 1 city in the world by 2047.

Delhi Government has approved an ambitious plan for restructuring and strengthening the capacity of its policy think-tank, the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi.

DDC Delhi has been tasked with four broad functions:

  • Policy Design
  • Support Policy Implementation
  • Promote Participatory Governance
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

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

  • Social Sector
  • Environment
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Economy
  • Governance
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

DDC Delhi will now have the flexibility of hiring top-notch sectoral experts. Now best of the minds from throughout the globe would be able to contribute to the growth of Delhi. 26 such posts have been sanctioned at various levels who’ll be hired on a contractual basis for up to 5 years. Each sector would be headed by the rank of an Advisor. In total, 48 posts have been sanctioned including these 26 contractual posts and 22 regular cadre posts to strengthen the institutional capacity of DDC Delhi. This is a huge milestone for DDC Delhi, and will drive this institution into becoming a unique hub of policy research and innovation.

Under its internship scheme, DDC Delhi will engage students/ scholars/ researchers with a fixed stipend of INR 25,000 per month to provide them exposure and an opportunity to engage on a variety of policy and governance issues.

History of the Proposal for DDC Delhi’s Structural Strengthening

The Delhi Government had constituted DDC in February 2015, when Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s first government came into power. The last seven years stand testimony to many historic initiatives being implemented in Delhi. Be it the education revolution and successful implementation of the three unique mindset curricula in Delhi or the transformation of transport systems, water and power supply infrastructure, pro-environment policies, or social protection measures like the appointment of bus Marshalls and installation of CCTVs, the Kejriwal Government has led the way of innovation in governance throughout the country. DDC Delhi has played a crucial role in recommending and implementing many of these policy innovations.

Going forward, Hon’ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has a set bold vision for Delhi and the people of Delhi. In its budget for 2021-22, Delhi Government committed to building by 2047, the 100th year of India’s independence, a Delhi that is:

  • EQUITABLE with per capita income of Delhi being equal to Singapore and every person, rich or poor, having a high standard of living.
  • MODERN with world-class infrastructure and public services.
  • SUSTAINABLE  in providing clean air and water to all its residents and resilient in fighting disasters, climate change.

Based on our assessment, we proposed an institutional strengthening and restructuring plan for DDC Delhi last year. Today, it brings me immense delight to announce that this proposal has been accepted by the Delhi Government and approved by the Delhi Cabinet as well as the Hon’ble Lt. Governor. This has now been notified in the Delhi Gazette. Our year-long process has reached a logical conclusion.

Sh. Jasmine Shah
Sh. Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi