Good Governance, Transparency & Decentralisation




Vizhinjam : Santhigram, a community based voluntary development organization engaged in holistic community development activities, in the backward Villages of Thiruvananthapuram District, celebrates the silver jubilee this year. The year-long celebration will commence on 15th August 2011 at Vizhinjam (Zonal Office Building of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation) at 10.00 am.

Santhigram is the first NGO to have voluntarily opted to be under the purview of RTI Act and has published a citizen’s charter.
Dr. Shasi Tharoor M.P will inaugurate the Silver Jubilee Celebration. Ms. Jameela Praksham, Kovalam M.L.A will preside over the function, Adv. K. Chandrika, worshipful Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will inaugurate the Holistic Health Care Sub centre; Mr. Kumar Kalanand Mani, Executive Secretary, Peaceful Society, Goa & J.P. Movement Activist will deliver the Key note address on the theme Good governance, Transparency and Decentralization. Mr. Santiago, Regional Representative of Andheri Hilfe e.V Bonn will be the Chief Guest. Block & Grama Panchayath Presidents will be the guests of honor. Sri. Rufus Daniel, Vice President, Dist. Panchayat, Sri. G. Happy Kumar, Deputy Mayor, Smt. Gladys Alex, Councilor, Sri.Johnson Joseph, UDF leader and Sri. P. Ashok Kumar, BJP leader of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will grace the occasion.
The inaugural session will be followed by a Seminar on the topic “Role of civil society in the LOKPAL Bill. Mr. Civic Chandran, prominent social activist will introduce the topic. Sri. K.B. Madan Mohan will moderate the Session.
The year-long celebration programmes will be spread over in the Grama Panchayaths of Venganoor, Kottukal, Kanjiramkulam, Karumkulam and Poovar in the Athiyannoor and Parasala blocks of Thiruvananthapuram District. The Vizhinjam Zone of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will also be covered. Programs are also planned in the district and state level on important current issues. An Organizing Committee has been formed for the successful conduct of the programmes.

L. Pankajakshan

Director, Santhigram

Chappath, Kazhuvur.P.O; Pulluvila-695 526,

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Phone: 0471-2269780, 6452511 (M) 9287548234



15 August 2011, Monday, Vizhinjam

Venue: Women Empowerment Centre, Zonal Office of Thiruvananthapuram (TVPM),  Corporation, Vizhinjam




9.30 am –    Procession from Vizhinjam KSRTC Bus stand to the Meeting Hall

(TVPM Corporation Zonal office Hall, Vizhinjam)


10.00 -11.00 am : Public Meeting


Welcome     –     Sri. Mukkola Unni ( General Convener, Reception Committee)

Report     –     Sri. L. Pankajakshan (Director, Santhigram)

Introductory remarks     –     Smt. Jameela Prakasham, M.L.A

Inaugural Address      –     Dr. Shashi Tharoor, M.P

Inauguration of Holistic Health

Research Sub centre     –      Adv. K. Chandrika (Worshipful Mayor, Corporation of TVPM)

Keynote Address       –     “Good Governance, Transparency & Decentralization”

Sri. Kumar Kalanand Mani (Exe. Secretary, Peaceful society, Goa)

Chief Guest      –     Sri. Santiago (Regional Representative, Andheri Hilfe e.V. Bonn)

Releasing the English Version of the Citizen Charter     –     Sri. G. Happy Kumar (Deputy. Mayor, Corporation of TVPM)


Releasing of Books

  1. “Environment & Health” written by Mulloor Surendran
  2. “Medicinal Plants & Grand Mother Remedies” by P. Usha


  1. Sri. Rufus Daniel (Vice President, District Panchayat, TVPM)
  2. Sri. V. Babukkuttan Nair (President, Parasala Block Panchayat)
  3. Sri. M. Valsalam (President, Athiyannoor Block Panchayat)
  4. Smt.Gladis Alex (Councilor, Corporation of TVPM)
  5. Sri.Johnson Joseph (UDF Leader, Corporation of TVPM)
  6. Sri. P. Ashok Kumar (Corporation of TVPM)

Vote of Thanks      –      Sri. Karichal Gopalakrishnan, (Chairman, Reception Committee)


11.00am – 1.00 pm            Seminar and Discussion

Introduction     –      Sri. Civic Chandran, Editor, Padabhedam

Moderator     –     Sri. K.B Madhan Mohan (Chief Executive Coordinator, Kerala Grama Panchayath Association)

Responses       –     Sri. B. Sivakumar (President, Kottukal Grama Panchayat (GP)

Adv. Anto Marcilin (President, Poovar GP)

Sri. MangalathukonamRaju (President, Venganoor GP)

Smt. Monica Yohannan (President, Karumkulam GP)

Sri. Sarasi Kuttappan ( President, Kanjiramkulam GP)



National Anthem

Abstract Of Silver Jubilee Programs


  1. Inauguration & Seminar on The Role Of Civil Society In The Lokpal Bill (Vizhinjam) – 15 August 2011(10 Am-1pm)
  2. Membership Campaign
  3. Creation of Working Fund
  4. Setting Up of Library And Research Centre
  5. Research and Campaign on Holistic Health Care: Launching  Of  Hospital For Holistic Health, Propagation Of Grandmother’s/ Home Remedies
  6. Bhakshya Swaraj – Campaign on Food Security: Jack Fruit Festival, Organic Farming/Kitchen Gardening in 1000 Households
  7. Empowerment of Panchayath Raj Institutions and Social Action for Good Governance
  8. Formation of People’s Organization for Holistic Development: Leadership Training And Capacity Building
  9. Strengthening Of Jagaratha Samithies For Protection Of Rights And Security Of Women And Children
  10. Skill Development For Employment Opportunities
  11. Formation Of Small Entrepreneurs’ Groups
  12. Get-Together Of Social Activists
  13. Awareness Programs And Competitions For School Students And Youth
  14. Setting Up Of Counseling & Guidance Centres
  15. State Level Workshop On Exploring Opportunities For Govt – NGO Collaboration For Social Development
  16. Strengthening Of Grass Root Voluntary Organizations
  17. State Level Workshop On Public- Private- NGO Collaboration For Sustainable Development Projects
  18. Panchayat Level Workshops, Seminars On Current Social Issues
  19. Study Tours And Exposure Visits
  20. Cultural Programs, Competitions
  21. Publication Of Souvenir
  22. Study, Research And Documentation Of Model/Replicable Activities In The Voluntary Sector
  23. Information Collection Of People’s Knowledge/ Folklore Etc
  24. Encouragement For Nurturing Native Breeds Of Cows
  25. Valedictory Function – 15 August 2012