District Experience

District Experience:
Distinguished work as District

Distinguished work as District Collector of Ernakulam (Cochin) Kerala, (1969 – 1974). Apart from massive Family Planning campaigns and intensive Urban development of the Greater. Cochin Region Dr. Krishna Kumar took the District to the first place in Kerala in several areas such as District Level Planning, Land Reforms, Rural Housing and Anti-Poverty Programmes. Through a novel campaign of mutual consent between land owners and tenants / hutment dwellers he organized „Title deed distribution festivals‟ throughout the District. For example: at a „Shiva Rathri‟ festival organized in 1970 on the banks of the Periyar River, 25000 Kudikidappukars received their titles. The District was declared the first to complete Land Reforms by the Kerala Government. Was acclaimed as „a people‟s Collector‟ by the major media in Kerala.

An innovative scheme

An innovative scheme conceived by Dr. Krishna Kumar was the „Labour cum Development Bank‟ scheme which harnessed idle rural manpower for selected rural development schemes. The scheme was successfully implemented in a few blocks of the District and became the focus of study and commendation by leading economists like Dr. KN Raj, the Kerala Planning Board and the National Planning Commission.

FICCI award 1973

Dr. Krishna Kumar was the recipient of several awards including FICCI award 1973 for excellence in District Administration presented by Smt. Indira Gandhi at New Delhi. Also „For the Sake of Honour‟ – highest Civilian Award by International Rotary for humanitarian and social welfare work for the poor and the disadvantaged.