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Kuttanad region and its community were facing severe agrarian distress for the last 5 decades owing to a variety of factors.  Based on the request of the Govt. of Kerala to address the perennial problems faced in Kuttanad, the Union Govt. entrusted the Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai to conduct a scientific study of the region and suggest suitable measures to mitigate agrarian distress in Kuttanad.  The MSSRF recommended a variety of interventions to be implemented as a Package with a total cost outlay of Rs. 1,840 crore which was accepted by the Govt. of India for funding under ongoing Central Sector Schemes. Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) prepared by the State Govt. for different activities envisaged in the Package are under different stages of implementation.

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Kuttanad Package

On 24th July 2008, the Union Cabinet gave in-principle approval for providing financial support for implementing various programmes / interventions suggested by the M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation by the concerned Ministries / Departments within their existing schemes of funding pattern. The Govt. of Kerala was requested to identify the activities to be undertaken, submit appropriate proposals by formulating Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) to the concerned Ministries / Departments of the Govt. of India in accordance with the guidelines / procedures for such schemes for the release of necessary funds.

The Cabinet approved the provision of need based additional financial allocations to the concerned Ministries / Departments of the Govt. of India for implementation of the programmes / interventions included in the Package. The Programmes / interventions involving financial outlay upto Rs. 50 lakhs are to be implemented by the State Govt. from their own funds under their schemes. The Cabinet also approved the constitution of the implementation mechanism consisting of the Kuttanad Prosperity Council, Coordination Committee & Task Implementation Committee. (Click here to view the Cabinet Order)

 

Kuttanad

Kuttanad meaning ‘low lying lands’ is one of the most fertile regions of the world spread over the district of Alappuzha, Kottayam & Pathanamthitta which is crisscrossed by rivers, canals & waterways. Four major rivers namely Achenkoil, Pampa, Manimala & Meenachil originating from the High Ranges discharge their water into the Arabian sea through the Kuttanad region.

The Kuttanad Wetland System (KWS) inclusive of the Vembanad lake is now receiving global attention because nature is at the peak of its beauty in this Ramsar site. The KWS comprising of 32 Panchayats of Alappuzha district, 27 Panchayats of Kottayam district and 5 Panchayats of Pathanamthitta district is a predominantly agriculture belt of Kerala where people are dependent on farming & allied sectors like fishing, animal husbandry etc for their livelihood.
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