Kerala Council of Ministers

Kerala Council of Ministers, appointed by the Kerala State Governor, is one of the two executive branches of the Kerala State Government (the other branch being the Kerala State Governor).[1] The Council of Ministers is selected and headed by the Kerala Chief Minister.[1] Effective executive power in Kerala State Government rests with the Council of Ministers.[1]

Government of Kerala
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Seat of GovernmentThiruvananthapuram
GovernorArif Mohammad Khan
Chief MinisterPinarayi Vijayan
Chief SecretaryDr.V P JOY
SpeakerP. Sreeramakrishnan
Deputy SpeakerV. Sasi
Members in Assembly141
High CourtKerala High Court
Chief JusticeS. Manikumar

The structure of the Kerala State Government is determined by the Constitution of India (1950).[2] The Kerala Chief Minister is chosen by the majority coalition (front) in the Kerala Legislative Assembly and is formally appointed by the Kerala State Governor.[1] The Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers remain in power throughout the term of the Legislative Assembly, unless they lose a Vote of Confidence.[1]

The legislative branch consists of the unicameral Kerala Legislative Assembly (the niyamasabha). The Legislative Assembly is elected for terms of up to five years.[1] Chief Minister leads the ruling coalition (front) in the Legislative Assembly. Kerala State Governor is also regarded as a member of the Legislative Assembly (which he or she may suspend or dissolve when no coalition is able to muster a working majority).[1]

Kerala State CabinetEdit

Kerala State Cabinet is the most important group within the Council of Ministers.[1]

Cabinet portfolios are generally assigned

  1. On the basis of interest and competence.[1]
  2. On the basis of demonstrated loyalty to the ruling party or party leader.[1]
  3. On the implicit need to represent regions and population groups.[1]

Present Council of MinistersEdit

S.No Name Constituency Department Party
1. Pinarayi Vijayan
Chief Minister
  • Home.
  • General Administration.
  • All India Services.
  • Planning and Economic Affairs.
  • Science,Technology and Environment.
  • Scientific Institutes.
  • Personnel and Administrative Reforms.
  • Election.
  • Integration.
  • Sainik Welfare.
  • Distress Relief.
  • State Hospitality.
  • Airports.
  • Metro Rail.
  • Inter State River Waters.
  • Information and Public Relations.
  • Non-Resident Keralites Affairs.
  • Vigilance.
  • Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice.
Cabinet Ministers
2. E. P. Jayarajan Mattanur
  • Industries.
  • Sports and Youth Affairs.
3. A. K. Balan Tarur
  • Welfare of Scheduled Castes.
  • Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes.
  • Law.
  • Culture.
  • Parliamentary Affairs.
  • KSFDC.
4. C. Raveendranath Puthukkad
  • General Education.
  • Technical Education.
  • Entrance Examinations.
  • Literacy Movement.
  • National Cadet Corps.
5. Kadakampally Surendran Kazhakkoottam
  • Devaswoms.
  • Co-operation.
  • Tourism.
6. M. M. Mani Udumbanchola
  • Electricity
7. T. P. Ramakrishnan Perambra
  • Excise.
  • Labour.
  • Employment and Training.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Factories and Boilers.
  • Insurance Medical Service.
  • Industrial Tribunals.
  • Labour Courts.
8. J. Mercykutty Amma Kundara
  • Fisheries.
  • Harbour Engineering.
  • Cashew Industry.
  • Fisheries University.
9. G. Sudhakaran Ambalappuzha
  • Public Works.
  • Registration.
  • Post and Telegraphs.
  • Railways,
10. K.K. Shylaja Teacher Kuthuparamba
  • Health.
  • Family Welfare.
  • Medical Education.
  • Indigenous Medicine.
  • Medical University.
  • Drugs Control.
  • Pollution Control.
  • Homoeopathy.
  • Naturopathy.
  • Social Justice.
11. A. K. Saseendran Elathur
  • Road Transport.
  • Motor Vehicles.
  • Water Transport.
12. A. C. Moideen Kunnamkulam
  • Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations.
  • Rural Development.
  • Town planning.
  • Regional Development Authorities.
  • Kerala Institute of Local Administration.
13. T. M. Thomas Isaac Alappuzha
  • Finance.
  • Coir.
  • National Savings.
  • Stores Purchase.
  • Commercial Taxes.
  • Treasuries.
  • Lotteries.
  • State Audit.
  • Kerala Financial Corporation.
  • KSFE.
  • State Insurance.
  • Stamps And Stamp Duties.
14. K. T. Jaleel Thavanur
  • Universities
    (Except Agricultural, Veterinary, Fisheries and Medical University).
  • Collegiate Education.
  • Welfare of Minorities.
  • Wakf and Haj Pilgrimage.
15. E. Chandrasekharan Kanhangad
  • Housing.
  • Land Revenue.
  • Survey and Land Records.
  • Land Reforms.
16. V. S. Sunil Kumar Thrissur
  • Agriculture.
  • Soil Survey & soil Conservation.
  • Agricultural university.
  • Warehousing Corporation.
  • Veterinary university.
17. P. Thilothaman Cherthala
  • Food and Civil Supplies.
  • Consumer Affairs.
  • Legal Metrology.
18. K. Raju Punalur
  • Forests.
  • Wildlife Protection.
  • Animal husbandry.
  • Dairy Development.
  • Milk- Co-operatives.
  • Zoos.
19. K. Krishnankutty Chittur
  • Irrigation.
  • Command Area Development Authority.
  • Ground Water Development.
  • Water Supply and Sanitation.
  • Inland Navigation
    (Construction of Waterways).
  • Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation.
20. Kadannappalli Ramachandran Kannur
  • Ports.
  • Museums.
  • Archaeology.

Past ministries of Kerala GovernmentEdit

Mandate Ministry


Government Term of office Party of the CM Ruling Coalition


2016 22 Pinarayi Vijayan ministry 25 May 2016—Till date C P I (M) L D F
2011 21 Second Oommen Chandy ministry 18 May 2011—20 May 2016 I N C U D F
2006 20 V. S. Achuthanandan ministry 18 May 2006—18 May 2011 C P I (M) L D F
2001 19 First Oommen Chandy ministry 31 August 2004—18 May 2006 I N C U D F
18 Third A. K. Antony ministry 17 May 2001—29 August 2004
1996 17 Third E. K. Nayanar ministry 20 May 1996—13 May 2001 C P I (M) L D F
1991 16 Second A. K. Antony ministry 22 March 1995—9 May 1996 I N C U D F
15 Fourth K. Karunakaran ministry 24 June 1991—16 March 1995
1987 14 Second E. K. Nayanar ministry 26 March 1987—17 June 1991 C P I (M) L D F
1982 13 Third K. Karunakaran ministry 24 May 1982—25 March 1987 I N C U D F
1980 12 Second K. Karunakaran ministry 28 December 1981—17 March 1982 I N C U D F
11 First E. K. Nayanar ministry 25 January 1980—20 October 1981 C P I L D F
1977 10 C. H. Mohammed Koya ministry 12 October 1979—1 December 1979 I U M L
9 P. K. Vasudevan Nair ministry 29 October 1978—7 October 1979 C P I United Front/Ruling Front


Maxi Front (Revamped)

8 First A. K. Antony ministry 27 April 1977—27 October 1978 I N C
7 First K. Karunakaran ministry 25 March 1977—25 April 1977 I N C
1970 6 Second C. Achutha Menon ministry 4 October 1970—25 March 1977 C P I United Front/Maxi Front

(from 25 September 1971)

United Front/Mini Front

(till 25 September 1971)

1967 5 First C. Achutha Menon ministry 1 November 1969—1 August 1970 C P I Mini Front/Democratic Front
4 Second E. M. S. Namboodiripad ministry 6 March 1967—1 November 1969 C P I (M) United Front

(Seven Party Alliance) or United Left Front

1965 No ministry formed
1960 3 R. Sankar ministry 26 September 1962—10 September 1964 I N C
2 Pattom Thanu Pillai ministry 22 February 1960—26 September 1962 P S P Joint Front
1957 1 First E. M. S. Namboodiripad ministry 5 April 1957—31 July 1959 CPI
Pinarayi VijayanOommen ChandyV. S. AchuthanandanOommen ChandyE. K. NayanarC. H. Mohammed KoyaP. K. Vasudevan NairA. K. AntonyK. KarunakaranC. Achutha MenonR. ShankarPattom ThanupillaiE. M. S. Namboodiripad

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Schwartzberg, Joseph E. "India: State and Local Governments". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  2. ^ Noble, William A. "Kerala: Constitutional Framework". Encyclopædia Britannica.

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