Kerala Fishermen's Welfare Fund Board,(KFWFB)

Fishermen the hardest working people in the primary production sector of our economy, are the worst prone to many natural and other calamities.  Their work place, the sea, provides the most dangerous conditions to work in.  Being the poorest among the poor they cannot afford to have social security measures on their own.  They live in very poor conditions and work in dangerous work situation.  So as to uplift them,   the state of Kerala enacted the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Act, 1985 providing for the constitution of welfare of Fishermen in the State.  Since 90% of traditional fishermen are down-trodden and illiterate, they are invariably exploited by middlemen making their living conditions miserable.  Therefore there was an urgent need to bring about a scheme to ameliorate the living conditions of these fishermen and to bring about substantial changes to improve their lives.  With this welfare intend in mind, the State Legislature enacted the above mentioned Act in 1985.

The Board is created to extend financial assistance for the following.

  • To provide for distress relief to fishermen in times of natural calamities.
  • For payment of financial assistance to fishermen who suffer    permanent or temporary disablement.
  • For payments of loans or grants to fishermen to meet the expenses for the marriage of children, or expenses in connection with disease or death of dependents, or any unexpected expenditure or the day to day expenditure during lean months,
  • To provide for the fishermen and the members of their families,

(i)             Education, vocational, training and part time employment.

(ii)            Social education centers including reading rooms and libraries,

(iii)           Sports, games and medical facilities,

(iv)          Nutritious food for children; and

(v)           Employment opportunities to the handicapped.

  • For payment of financial assistance to fishermen who suffer loss of houses or fishing implements or any other damage due to natural calamities or other unexpected causes.
  • To provide old age assistance to fishermen.
  • For the implementation of any other purpose specified in the scheme

The Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Act was amended in 1999, (Act 17 of 1999) for incorporating the workers engaged in fishery related activities for his livelihood and to extend financial assistance to them from the Board.  Allied workers includes beach workers, small scale fish distributors, fish curers, peeling workers and small scale processing plant workers who are not members or not  eligible to get membership, in any other Statutory Welfare Scheme.

The State Legislature has passed the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Act on 19th September 1985.

On January 26th, 1986 the Act and the Board came into existence.

Organizational Setup

Board is governed by the Board of Directors consisting of the following members.


a)     Secretary to Government in charge of Fisheries

b)     Director of Fisheries

c)     Managing Director, Matsyafed 

d)     Law Secretary or his nominee

e)     Representative of Finance Department

f)     Three representatives of fishermen

g)     Two representatives of Allied workers

Government nominates one of the members as Chairman of the Board.

The Fishermen’s Welfare Commissioner is the Chief Executive of the Board.  He is assisted by the Secretary and Finance Officer on the administration.

a)     The Government appoints the Fishermen’s Welfare Commissioner as per Section 3 of the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Scheme and he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.  It is the duty of the Commissioner to ensure that the provisions of the Act and the Scheme framed there under are duly carried out and for this purpose he shall have the power to issue such orders not inconsistent with the provisions of the Act and the Scheme as he deems fit, including any order implementing the decisions taken by the Board under the Act or the Scheme.

b)     The Government appoints the Secretary of the Board as per Section 12 of the Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Scheme and the Secretary shall, with the approval of the Chairman, issue notice to convene meetings of the Board, shall keep the record of minutes of the meeting and shall take necessary steps for carrying out the decisions of the Board.

c)     The Finance officer of the Board is appointed as per Section 4 of the Welfare Fund Scheme as provided in sub section (I) of Section 11 of the Act.  Preparation of budget estimates, maintenance of accounts of Board’s Office, distribution of allotments among the subordinate controlling officers, control over the Board’s revenue and expenditure, review of progress in the disposal of audit objection and dealing with audit inspection reports, internal audit of the accounts of the head office, inspection of the accounts of subordinate officers under the orders of the Commissioner and submission of notes of such inspection for his perusal and orders, to advise the Board on all matters relating to “ Finance accounts and application of rules”   are the main duties of the Finance Officer.

d)     The Board is having its headquarters at Thrissur and Five Regional Offices at Trivandrum, Alleppey, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Kannur.   There are 43 Fisheries Offices in marine areas and 11 Fisheries Offices in the Inland Sector.  The Fisheries Officers are the basic units connecting and forming a link between the Fishermen and the Board.

e)     The Board has about 238466registered contributing fishermen and 71628 registered contributing allied workers.  Besides there are 29030 fishermen and 4687 Widow Pensioners and 2750 allied workers pensioners who obtains pension from the Board. The Board is at present implementing 16 Welfare Schemes aimed at providing assistance and relief measures to the fishermen, and 9 Welfare Schemes for allied workers and their family at distress.  The schemes are designed in such a way that fishermen may get the benefit of these schemes on each phase of his or her life.  Special care has been taken by the Board to evolve schemes for the benefit of female fishermen and wives of fishermen.

Source of Fund

f)     The Matsya Board is an autonomous Body constituted for the implementation of Welfare Schemes to the fishermen, the hardest working people but still backward both socially and economically.

g)     The main sources of income of the Board are contribution from various categories as envisaged in the Act. (Revised as per G.O(P)25/2008/F&PD dated 7.5.2008.

The rates of contribution are,
  1. 1.Rs. 100/- Per Year
  2. 2.Boat owners and inboardRs. 150/- to Rs. 1250/- P.M.
  3. 3.Rs. 5/- to Rs. 35/- P.M.
  4. 4.Nets Rs. 20/- to Rs. 25/- P.M. for Nine months.
  5. 5.Farmcomes under cess act
  6. 6.Prawn filtration area
  7. 7.Fish market Owners,comes under cess act

Licensees

  1. 8.AlliedRs.20/- P.M.
  2. 9.Owners of Icecomes under cess act
  3. 10.Owners ofcomes under cess act


Government Grants

More over Government grant is obtaining under plan head for Group Insurance Scheme and under non-plan Head for payment of Old age Pension.

WELFARE SCHEMES TO FISHERMEN & ALLIED WORKERS IMPLEMENTED BY THE BOARD.

FISHERMEN’S WELFARE SCHEME

1.     Group Insurance Scheme:
 
All registered fishermen of the state between the age group of 18 to 70 years are brought under Group Accident Insurance coverage.  The Amount of Financial assistance are shown below:

  1. 1.Accidental:       Rs.3,00,00
  2. 2.:       Rs.3,00,000
  3. 3.Permanent Total:       Rs.3,00,000
  4. 4.Permanent Partial:       Rs.  150,000
  5. 5.Hospitalization expenditure after an:       Rs.20000

2.  Death while fishing or immediately thereafter not due to accident:

The dependents of the fishermen who happen to die due to unexpected causes while fishing or immediately thereafter not due to accident are eligible for the benefit under the scheme.  The rate of financial assistance is Rs.20, 000/-

3.  Financial assistance for the marriage of daughters of fishermen:

This is one of the prestigious schemes introduced by the Board to help. The poor fishermen who find it very difficult to raise funds for the marriage of their daughters.  Financial Assistance @ Rs.1,500/- is paid as ex-gratia as per this scheme for the marriage of all daughters of fishermen.

4.  Financial assistance for the death of dependants:

The aim of the scheme is to render financial assistance to the fishermen to meet expenses in connection with the death of their dependents.  Rs.600/- is paid towards the funeral expenses of dependents of the fishermen.

5.  Old age pension scheme:
 
Every registered fishermen who attains the age of 60 years and whose annual income is below Rs.5,000/- is granted a  monthly pension of Rs.400/-

6. Financial assistance for temporary disability due to accident:

The scheme aim to extend financial assistance to active fishermen who happen to face with temporary disabilities due to accidents and are unable to go for fishing for not less than 7 days.  The maximum amount admissible under this scheme is Rs.500/-

7.  Financial assistance to the dependents  for the death of fishermen:

On the death of a fisherman by any reason, the dependents were paid an amount of Rs.5000/- for meeting the funeral expenses.  If there is no legal dependents the person who meets the funeral expenses will be paid Rs.1,000/-

8.  S.S.L.C. Cash award and scholarship:

In order to promote the educational status of the students of fishermen families, the Board implements this scheme.  An amount of Rs.5000/- is awarded to the student who secure A+ Grade  in the S.S.L.C. Examination and Rs.4000/- to 9 A+ winners, Rs.3,000/- to 8 A+ winners is awarded to the among the fishermen community in State level.   Moreover Cash award is Rs.3000/- is granted to the students who pass in Fisheries Technical School.

9.  Family Welfare Scheme:

The scheme aims at the propagation of family planning activities among the fishermen.  As per the schemes, financial assistance shall be given to the husband or wife of the fishermen family who undergo sterilization operation.  The financial assistance granted at present is Rs.500/-

10. Financial Assistance for treatment of Fatal diseases:

Registered fishermen who are between the age of 23 years and 60 years are eligible for financial assistance for treatment of fatal diseases.  The maximum amount payable under this scheme is Rs.50, 000/-

11.  Chairman’s Relief Fund:

This Scheme aims to providing immediate relief to the fishermen who become victims of unforeseen natural calamities and accidents.  Till the formulation of the Scheme there were no means for providing any immediate relief to the helpless fishermen who become prey to accidents and various natural calamities.  In order to avoid the usual delay in completing the necessary formalities and for providing immediate assistance to the fishermen, this scheme is formulated.  Under this scheme an emergency financial relief up to Rs.5000/- is granted.

12.  Special cases sanctioned by the Board:

 Financial Assistance is also granted to some special cases which do not come under the purview of the above schemes and which are of humanitarian concern, by the decision of the Board of Directors.

13.  Maternity Benefit Scheme:

Like other schemes which provide financial assistance for the marriage of daughters and for family planning operation, this scheme also aims sat giving moral support to the social development among the womenfolk of the fishermen community.     The wives of the fishermen and the fisherwomen's who are above 19 years are eligible for financial assistance under the scheme.  They are granted Rs.750/- for each of the two live births, for the pre post maternity care.

14. Cash Award for Higher Education:

According to this scheme Cash Award of Rs.5000/- and merit certificate is given to the student of Fishermen families who secure highest marks in each group in Higher Secondary Examinations conducted in Kerala who secure highest marks in each group in State level.  Cash award of Rs.3000/- is also given to the students who secure highest marks in each group in the three regions of the Board.  Cash award of Rs.3000/- and merit certificate is also given to fishermen students in each Region of Board who secure highest marks in Vocational Higher Secondary Education.

15  Widow Pension:

This scheme envisages giving pension to the widows of fishermen who die before getting old age pension.  The rate is Rs. 400/- PM.

16.  Extension Programme:

The scheme envisages having a thorough idea about the schemes implemented by    the Board to the Fishermen.

ALLIED WORKERS WELFARE SCHEME


1.  Group Accident Insurance Scheme:

The scheme is proposed to be introduced aiming for ameliorating the socio – economic conditions of fishery allied workers who are downtrodden and striving hard to exist.  It is therefore found necessary to propose the scheme for providing financial assistance to the bereaved family of these workers on their death or disability due to accidents or unexpected causes.  The financial assistance granted under this scheme is Rs.3,00,000/- for death and permanent total disability due to accident or unexpected causes and Rs.150,000/- for partial disability.

2.  Oldage pension:

It is proposed to render old age pension to the workers who have completed 60 years of age with Rs.400/- per month.

3.  Financial Assistance to the dependants for the death of Allied Worker:

It is proposed to give financial assistance of Rs.5000/- to the dependents of allied worker for the death of allied worker by any reason.

4.  Maternity benefit scheme for Women allied worker:

It is proposed to give financial assistance to women allied worker an amount of a maximum amount of Rs.750/- for the first 2 births.

5.  S.S.L.C. Cash award and Scholarship:

In order to promote the educational status of the students of fishermen families, the Board implements this scheme.  An amount of Rs.5000/- is awarded to the student who secure A+ Grade  in the S.S.L.C. Examination and Rs.4000/- to 9 A+ winners, Rs.3,000/- to 8 A+ winners is awarded to the among the fishermen community in State level.

  1. 6.Cash Award for Higher Education:

According to this scheme Cash Award of Rs.5000/- and merit certificate is given to the student of Fishermen families who secure highest marks in each group in Higher Secondary Examinations conducted in Kerala who secure highest marks in each group in State level.  Cash award of Rs.3000/- is also given to the students who secure highest marks in each group in the three regions of the Board.  Cash award of Rs.3000/- and merit certificate is also given to fishermen students in each Region of Board who secure highest marks in Vocational Higher Secondary Education.

7.  Financial Assistance for treatment of fatal diseases of Allied workers:

A maximum amount of Rs.25,000/- is given to the Allied Worker for the treatment of disease of heart, Kidney, Cancer and Rs.10,000/- for Paralysis & Mentally unsound  persons. Rs.5000/- is also given for Uterus diseases subject to production of bills.

8.  Family Welfare Scheme:

This scheme aims at the propagation of family planning activities among the Allied Workers.  As per the scheme, the Financial Assistance granted is Rs.500/-

9.  Marriage Assistance:

As per the scheme, the financial assistance @ Rs.1500/- is granted for the marriage of one daughter of Allied Workers.

Name & Designation

Office

Fax

Mobile

Sri. UmmerOttemel, Chairman

0487-2383088

0487-2383053

9961988104

Sri. K. B. Shaji, Commissioner

0487-2383088

0487-2383053

9446430888

Sri. K. I. Raveendran, Joint Commissioner

0487-2383088

0487-2383053

9446232691

Sri. S. Selvest, Secretary

0487-2383088

0487-2383053

9447680072

Smt. D. Anithakumari, Regional Executive (Thiruvananthapuram)

0471-2325483

0471-2325483

 

Smt. N.S. Sreelu, Regional Executive (Ernakulam)

0484-2383210

0484-2383210

9495040532

Smt. V.V. Vasanthakumari, Regional Executive (Kozhikkode)

0495-2383472

0495-2383472

9496702100

 

Agencies

KSCADC | FIRMA | ADAK | KFWFB | Matsyafed | SAF | NIFAM | ME