'Team Bedakam' to set a new model Updated On 2022-09-29

'Team Bedakam' is to set a new model by securing 28 acres of cultivable land to set up a Model Agri Village at Kasaragod. 6000 NHG members have joined together to gift a Model Agri Village that consists of high-tech farms, huts, convention centres, training centres and model farms to Kasaragod district.  

Team Bedakam Kudumbashree Agro Farmers Producer Company was formed just six months ago and acquired 28 acres of land for this purpose. They also cleaned their company premises at Anandamadam in Vattamthatta in a celebratory ceremony held on 22 September 2022. More than 2000 women from 350 NHGs in Bedakam had gathered together that day to clean the place. Team Bedakam Kudumbashree Agro Farmers Producer Company was started under the leadership of Bedaduka CDS with the help of Bedaduka Gram Panchayat and Kudumbashree Kasaragod District Mission.  Only the members of the 350 NHGs in Bedakam are the shareholders. Rs 1000 was charged for the share.

The master plan of the Model Agri Village has been prepared. The activities will start as soon as the registration is completed. The company has taken up the 'Koodum Kozhiyum' Project (Nest and Chicken Project) and distribution of egg chickens in Panchayats across the district and is now successfully implementing the same. Also, initiatives such as model farms, hybrid plant nurseries and the production of bio-fertilizer etc are being taken forward.

The company is moving forward with the efforts to directly collect fruits and vegetables from the farmers of the district and bring them to the market, by equipping them with an excellent cooling system, within the next three months. It is also aimed to carry out activities including meat processing units and branding.

Shri. Siji Mathew, President, Karadukka Block Panchayath inaugurated the forest clearing program. Shri. A. Madhava, Vice President, Bedaduka Panchayath presided over the function. Ms. M. Dhanya, Panchayath President,  Shri. VC. H Iqbal, Assistant District Mission Coordinator, Kudumbashree Kasaragod District Mission, Adv. C Ramachandran, Member, District Planning Committee, Ms. K. Ramani, Vice President, Block Panchayath, Ms. Savithri Balan, Member, Block Panchayath, Shri. T. Varadaraj, Chairman, Panchayath Standing Committee, Ms. Latha Gopi, Ms. Vasanthakumari, Ms. E. Padmavathi, Former Panchayath President, Shri. M Anandan, Shri. E Kunjiiraman and Shri. K. Manikandan spoke at the function. Ms. Gulabi, CDS Chairperson welcomed the gathering and Shri. Shivan Choorikkod delivered the vote of thanks.

Sagarmala - DDU-GKY Convergence: One Day Workshop organized Updated On 2022-09-28

A One Day Workshop has been organized for implementing the convergence between Sagarmala, the project for port sector development under the auspices of the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameena Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), the free skill training programme jointly being implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development and the Government of Kerala. The workshop was held at Imperial Insignia, Ernakulam on 26 September 2022.


Through the convergence, it is aimed to equip the coastal youth with necessary skills to take advantage of the many monthly salaried employment opportunities that will arise in various states of India following the harbour development. The aim is to train 3000 people in Kerala through the project. Around 186 courses are available in 17 categories such as Logistics, Green Jobs, Automotive, Plumbing, Life Science and IT-ITES. The project will be implemented in Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts.


Shri. Jafar Malik IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree, Shri. Pradeep Kumar R, Programme Officer, Kudumbashree, Ms. Preethi, District Mission Co-ordinator, Kudumbashree Ernakulam District Mission, Shri. Ajmesh Madankara, Shri. Sudheesh, Shri. Pradheesh Nair (Azhikkal Port), Shri. Santhosh (Marine Products Export Development Authority- MPEDA), Dr. Neelakandan (Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical & Engineering Training -CIFNET) participated in the function.

Action Plan Planning for Urban Poverty Alleviation Project: Two-day State-Level Training Programme for Master Trainers concluded Updated On 2022-09-23

The State Level Training Programme organized for 151 master trainers at Manvila Agricultural Co-operative Staff Training Institute, Thiruvananthapuram on 19 & 20 September 2022, in connection with the implementation of Urban Poverty Reduction Plan (UPRP) activities has been concluded. The master trainers were selected from among the community organizers and CDS sub-committee conveners currently working in 93 municipalities. Through them, training will be extended to the members of the governing body of all urban CDSs and to the Resource Persons who coordinate related activities in the wards.

The Urban Poverty Alleviation Project is the new programme that has been developed as a part of the 'Community Organization and Institutional Development' component of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission currently implemented in the state through Kudumbashree. The aim of this programme is to prepare an action plan that will help to achieve comprehensive development in the urban areas of Kerala. It will be under the leadership of Kudumbashree three tier organizational systems.

In order to prepare the action plan, in the first phase, an NHG level discussion will be held and a demand plan will be formed based on livelihood, social development, infrastructure development, public resources, services and rights to be available to each individual. Later this demand plan will be codified at ward level and CDS level and the final plan will be prepared by adding the demands related to public resources and services. At present, Annual Action Plans are prepared in Municipalities and Corporations according to specific guidelines. The guidelines suggest that the working groups should also consider the recommendations of the CDS Level Urban Poverty Alleviation Plan while preparing the draft projects. Taking this into account, the plans prepared will be handed over to the Municipal Corporations on 1 November 2022.

The Urban Poverty Alleviation Plan will be completed by identifying the various needs and potentials arising at the regional level and coordinating them. With the implementation of the project, it is hoped that all-round development can be brought in the urban area. Shri. Jahamgeer. S, Programme Officer, Kudumbashree National Urban Livelihood Mission, Ms. Beena. E, Shri. Pridhvi Raj, Shri. Nishanth G. S, State Mission Managers, Ms. Vibitha Babu, Ms. Deepa Prabhakar, Shri. Muneer M.P, Shri. Sham Krishna, City Mission Managers, Ms. Maya Sasidharan,  Ms. Bindu Sanoj, Training Group Members, Kudumbashree National Resources Organization led the training.

Training for Kudumbashree entrepreneurs working in food production and processing sector of Thiruvananthapuram district Updated On 2022-09-23

The Food and Safety Department has extended training for 120 Kudumbashree entrepreneurs working in the food production and processing sector of Thiruvananthapuram district. The training was conducted at Bhakshya Suraksha Bhavan, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram on 16 to 17 September 2022. Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) course of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FoSTaC) was organized for them. The training is organized as part of the 'Eat Right Challenge'. The classes were extended on various topics such as hygiene, packing and good practices to be followed in this field.

‘Kudumbashree Oru Nerchithram’ Photography Competition - Season 5: Date extended till 13 October 2022 Updated On 2022-09-22

The date for submitting entries for 'Kudumbashree Oru Nerchithram' Photography Competition - Season 5 is extended till 13 October 2022. Kudumbashree Mission has launched the Season 5 of ‘Kudumbashree or Nerchithram’ Photography Competition for motivating the aspiring photographers and to propagate the activities of Kudumbashree Mission through photographs. The contestants may submit photographs that would reflect the priority projects of Kudumbashree Mission. The photographs should reflect the activities of Kudumbashree such as, Kudumbashree Neighbourhood Group (NHG) meetings, various enterprises run by Kudumbashree women including Kudumbashree canteens and cafes, the farming activities of Kudumbashree women etc.

The jury, composed of renowned photographers and officials of Kudumbashree Mission will select the winner. The Award for the Best Photographer will be Rs. 25,000. The second prize and third prize will be Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. Rs. 2,000 each will be issued for 10 entries as consolation prizes.


Entries may be sent to the mail id, or may be sent in CD Format or as hardcopies to the address, The Public Relations Officer, Kudumbashree State Mission Office, Trida Building, Medical college P.O, Thiruvananthapuram-695011. The name, address, mail id and contact number should be mentioned along with. A short note on the photograph should be attached along with. The photographs should not contain any watermarks. The entries should be transcribed as 'Kudumbashree Oru Nerchithram Photography Competition'. More details of the notification is available in the link :


The first season of ‘Kudumbashree or Nerchithram’ was conducted during November- December 2017 and the second season during February -March 2019. Whereas the third season was held during January- February 2020 and the fourth season of the competition was held from July-September 2021. The four seasons of 'Kudumbashree Oru Nerchithram' Photography Competition had resulted in a huge success. Good quality photographs portraying the strength of Kudumbashree, functioning focusing on women empowerment is considered for the ‘Kudumbashree Oru Nerchithram’ Photography Competition, which is being conducted from 2017 onwards. Kudumbashree Mission which envisions eradicating poverty through women in Kerala had successfully completed 24 revolutionary years and has entered into its silver jubilee year.

Kudumbashree signs MoU with Union Bank for the disbursement of fast linkage loans to NHGs Updated On 2022-09-20

Kudumbashree has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Bank for the disbursement of fast linkage loans to NHGs. Shri. Jafar Malik IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree and Shri. Raveendra Babu, General Manager, Union Bank signed the MoU in this regard.  The aim of the association is to provide loans to as many NHGs as possible. For this purpose, the banks will collect the information of the NHGs in need of loans from the respective District Mission offices and intensify the loan distribution programme. The bank will make relaxations in the existing procedures for opening new accounts and providing linkage loans to NHGs.   

The branch authorities of the bank will directly collect the information of the eligible NHGs from Kudumbashree. For this, Kudumbashree will identify NHGs who have completed grading and are eligible for loans. Kudumbashree will also ensure the proper repayment of the NHGs after receiving the loan. Along with the quick access to the linkage loans, Union Bank will also take over existing loans from other banks and financial institutions for NHGs. This will be subject to the Bank's prescribed guidelines.

Shri. Anish Kumar M.S, State Programme Manager, Kudumbashree and Shri. Raveendra Babu, General Manager, Union Bank exchanged the MoU, on behalf of Shri. Jafar Malik IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree. Shri. Sujith S Thariwal, Regional Head, Union Bank and Shri. Sijin B.S Rural Development Officer, Union Bank also attended the function.

Kudumbashree Kannur District Mission opens Coffee Kiosks joining hands with the Kannur District Panchayath Updated On 2022-09-20

Kudumbashree Kannur District Mission has opened Coffee Kiosks joining hands with the Kannur District Panchayat and has opened up a source of income to 25 families in the district. Kudumbashree Coffee Kiosks is a project included in the Annual Action Plan of Kannur District Panchayath for the Financial Year 2021-22 to provide livelihood opportunities to poor families in villages.

Kannur District Panchayath aimed at establishing five coffee kiosks in the district. Five Kudumbashree members will get employment in each unit. Rs. 2.8 lakhs per kiosk (total Rs 14 lakhs) is allocated under the District Panchayat Scheme. The additional amount is provided through Kudumbashree. The first coffee kiosk in the district was started at Padiyottuchal in Cherupuzha. Ms. Rani Reji, Ms. Gauri K.V., Ms. Ramya K.V., Ms. Bindu Cherian and Ms. Karthiyayani. K are the Kudumbashree members who got the opportunity to set up the kiosk.

Smt. P.P. Divya, President, Kannur District Panchayath inaugurated the kiosk during the function held on 31 August 2022. Dr. M. Surjith, District Mission Co-ordinator, Kudumbashree Kannur District Mission explained the project. Shri. V.K. Suresh Babu, Chairman, Standing Committee, Shri. M. Raghavan, Member, District Panchayath, Shri. K.F. Alexander, President, Grama Panchayath, Ms. Sunitha Kumari, CDS Chairperson and others participated in the function. Apart from Cherupuzha, the coffee kiosks will also be started soon in Kanichar, Payam, Kottiyoor and Padiyoor.

Kudumbashree prepares gifts for daily winners of Lucky Bill Prize Scheme of the GST Department Updated On 2022-09-19

Kudumbashree is preparing gifts for daily winners of the Lucky Bill Prize of the state GST department. Kudumbashree will give gift hampers to 25 of the 50 daily winners. There will be 10 products of Kudumbashree entrepreneurs in a hamper. The gift hamper provided by Kudumbashree includes the products of  Kannur Brand, Hill Value Brand of Attappady, Oorjjashree Nutrimix Unit and Kulirma Unit. Kudumbashree will pack and prepare the products and send them to the winner's address provided by the GST department.


Lucky Bill Scheme is a scheme where customers can upload the bills they receive in any situation like receiving services, buying goods, eating food, paying room rent and win a prize through lucky draw. One can participate in the competition through the Lucky Bill mobile app.


Contest Method and Prizes

  1. If a bill is uploaded it will be entered into the daily draw for that day (a prize worth Rs. 1000 for 25 people by Kudumbashree and 25 people by Vanashree). It will also be considered in the weekly draw (3 days / 2 nights family accommodation at KTDC hotels), monthly draw (1st prize - Rs. 10 lakhs, 2nd prize of Rs. 2 lakhs for 5 persons, 3rd prize of Rs. 1 lakh for 5 persons and Bumper draw (Rs. 25 lakhs) as well.
  2. Install GST Lucky Bill app to upload bill. During installation an OTP will be received and following that the name, address, e-mail and mobile number should be entered and the PIN should be set. On winning, the prize will be sent to this address.
  3. Open the App with the PIN used to upload the bill and take a photo of the bill. At this time GST number, bill number, date, amount etc. will be displayed automatically. If any information is missing or shown incorrectly, please type/correct it.
  4. Though, any type of bills can be uploaded only GST registered bills will be considered for draw. Bills purchased from outside Kerala can also be uploaded. But it will not be considered for draw. (Bills between vendors are also not considered.)
  5. The amount of bills is important for the chance of winning the prize. That is a maximum of 20 coupons will be considered per bill as one gift coupon for every Rs.1000 value of the bill and will be entered into the draw. So the chances of winning the draw are higher depending on the value on the bill. (One bill can be uploaded only once. The minimum amount in the bill should be at least Rs. 200. There is no limit for the maximum amount. The bills uploaded during the relevant period will be considered for each draw.)
Kudumbashree launches 'Sudrudam 2022' Campaign Updated On 2022-09-19

Kudumbashree has launched 'Sudrudam 2022' State Level Campaign as part of strengthening the Kudumbashree organizational system. The campaign aims to find and integrate those who are not yet the members of Kudumbashree and those who have left the NHG groups.1070 Community Development Societies (CDSs), 19,438 Area Development Societies (ADSs) and 3,06,551 Neighborhood Groups (NHGs) will become part of this campaign. Shri. Jafar Malik IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree explained the project at the meeting organized as part of the campaign, in which the officials of Kudumbashree State-District Missions and CDS Chairpersons participated.

The main activities of the two- week long campaign include formation of new NHGs, inclusion of newly entered and departed NHG members, activation of the inactive NHG groups and training of NHG groups on keeping accounts. Also special focus will be given to the coastal minority Scheduled Tribe areas and the full NHG entry will be ensured. Also, transgender, differently abled and elderly people will be identified and new NHGs will be formed for them. Special health camps will be organized for them and activities to ensure insurance coverage will also be initiated. The campaign activities will be carried out according to the local characteristics. A special mobile application will also be set up to monitor the activities.

The two-week long 'Sudrudam' campaign is being organized as part of the year-long programmes in connection with the Kudumbashree Silver Jubilee celebrations. Training for the CDSs will be organized on 19 September 2022 under the leadership of District Missions. After this, the activities to be carried out in connection with the campaign will be prepared under the leadership of the CDS Governing Body. The ADSs will organize the activities based on this. The State and District Missions will jointly co-ordinate campaign activities organized at the CDS, ADS and NHG level.

NRLM officials from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar makes study visit to get to know Kudumbashree Updated On 2022-09-17

Officials of National Rural Livelihood Mission from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar states made a study visit to get to know Kudumbashree. Representatives of Pradan, an NGO, also accompanied with the group. The team visited Kudumbashree State Mission office on 16 September 2022 and interacted with the officials in charge of various project activities and cleared doubts. Prior to that, during the two-day visit made to Ernakulam district, the team paid visits to Kudumbashree CDS Office, Nutrimix Unit, Gender Resource Centre, NHG, ADS meeting and KAASS auditing activities. It is on the third day of their study visit, they made the visit to Kudumbashree State Mission.