"Extensive interaction with Prime Ministers' Rural Development Fellow. Heard novel experiences on agriculture, rural development, education and other issues... Our belief in people's participation is firm. It is our Jan Shakti that will take India to new heights of progress"

- Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

"I have visited areas where PMRD Fellows are working...they are doing exemplary work"

- Shri Birender Singh, Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India

"PMRD Fellows are rendering excellent service. I strongly feel the need of their services"

- Dr. Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Government of Chhattisgarh

"I am delighted to say that PMRD Fellows have done commendable work in Jharkhand and brought in fresh ideas and innovations to work around the issues of poverty, livelihood, education and skill development."

- Shri Raghubar Das, Chief Minister, Government of Jharkhand

About PMRDFs

The Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Scheme (PMRDFs) is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India (GoI), implemented in collaboration with State Governments. The focus of the programme is on reduction of poverty and improving the lives of the population in backward and isolated regions of India.

In a bid to catalyse and rewrite this "change" story and trigger actions that would lead to positive outcomes, the MoRD adopted a strategy to provide fresh inputs and ideas to leverage support to the reform process, infuse optimism and instill confidence among key stakeholders, and provide decision-making support to the district leadership. Thus, the PMRDF Scheme came into being.

During the two-years of the fellowship, PMRD Fellows work closely with the District Collector of Additional Central Assistance (ACA)/ Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts and strive to bridge the gap between people's needs and the system's provisions by reducing developmental and governance deficits. Immediately after successful completion of the two year fellowship, the PMRD Fellow is required to spend one year in public service in the State to which she/he is assigned.

The 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.