S. K. Amin
|Seetharam K Amin|
|Born||June 6, 1917
|Died||September 13, 1995
Seetharam Koosayya Amin (June 6, 1917 – September 13, 1995) was an Indian freedom fighter and politician. He was the ex- vice president of the District Congress Committee, and was elected to Karnataka state legislative assembly (Karnataka legislature) from the Udupi constituency in 1967. He was also the founder of the South Kanara District Co-Operative Fish Marketing Federation, which was pivotal in uplifting the condition of the fisherman community as a whole though various socio-economical programmes. He played a key role in the mechanisation of fisheries in South Kanara. He was felicitated by the state government of Karnataka with the Karnataka Rajyothsava Award (Rajyotsava Prashasthi) in 1991 for servicing co-operative movement and social service in the state of Karnataka.
Services to the fishermen community in India
The fishermen community in South Kanara were exploited by traders (Sahukaars) and middlemen who were having a total control over the fishing trade in the district. It is only after the inception of the South Kanara District Co-Operative Fish Marketing Federation, under the leadership of S K Amin that this discrimination and exploitation was brought to an end.
- Member of the working group of National Planning Commission in 1973 for the Vth 5-year plan (A government of India initiative).
- Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly (1967 – 72) from Udupi constituency
- Member of the state fisheries advisory board (1957–72)
- Member of the state export promotion advisory board (1969–71)
- Member of the Mangalore Port Trust - New Mangalore Port (1974–78)
- Director of the Export Import Bank of India, also known as Exim Bank (India)
- Founder of the South Kanara District Co-Operative Fish Marketing Federation Limited in 1965 and served as the (1)Secretary between 1954 – 59 (2)President between 1958 –73 (3) Director between (1973 – 75)
- Member of the central board of fisheries between (1959–62 & 1965–71)
- Member of the Indian standard Institute (Fisheries sectional sub-committee) (1962–73)
- Member of High Level Committee for Hinterland Development of New Mangalore Port (1977)
- Member of the South Kanara Flood Relief Committee
- Vice president of the District Congress Committee (I) (1979)
- President of the Bengere Mahajan Sabha (1950–70)
- Member of the Seva Dal “A” Ward Bombay (1934–48)
- Honorary Teacher for the Mogaveera (Ref: Mogaveeras) Free Night High School Bombay (1937–48)
- Honorary secretary of the Mogaveeras Vyavasthapaka Mandali, Bombay.
- Captained Tata football and cricket teams.
- Captained the Karnataka sporting association football XI team in 1946
- Trustee of the Bengere Vidhyarthi Sangha (1948–60)
- Director of the Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (1969–74)
- President of the Canara Cricket Association (1976–77)
- President of Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera (Ref: Mogaveeras) Mahajana Sangha (1973–79)
- Chairman of the Karnataka Fisheries Development Co-operation Limited (1980–82)
- Member of the Senate, University of Mysore (1977–80)
- Member of the Senate, Mangalore University (1980–89)
- President of the South Kanara Football Association
- President of Hadinolku Patna Mogaveera (Ref: Mogaveeras) Samyukta Sabha
- Vice president of the South Kanara Amateur Athletic Association
- Vice president of the Akhila Karnataka Fishermen Parishad
- Member of the district youth service
- Member of the national small scale savings advisory board, New Delhi.
- Director of the SCDCC Bank ltd, Mangalore
- Director of the Co-operative “LAMP” Society, Mangalore
- President of Tulukoota (Regd), Mangalore
- President of “Ashraya Yojana”, Mangalore City, Government of Karnataka
- Director of the Maha Laxmi Co-Operative Bank (A co-operative bank dedicated to fishermen).
- Founder of Bolar Brothers Football Club
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Amin was born in Bengere in the city of Mangalore into a Mogaveera family. He lost his father at a very early age in life. Being the eldest son in the family he moved to Bombay to support his family of four brothers and two sisters. He worked as an office boy in M/s Batliboi and Karani as an office boy and took active part in sports activities. Due to his achievements in the field of football and cricket he was selected to work and play for the Tata Group.
He moved back to Mangalore in 1957, to pursue his business ambition as an exporter of coffee and allied products to Aden and Middle East. He was married to Girija Puthran (Girija S Amin) who was from the Mulki constituency in the South Kanara district. They had five sons and a daughter.
During this period, moved by the plight and hardship of the fishermen community in the district, he dedicated his life henceforth to the community in which he was born in.
He was influenced by the ideology of Karnad Sadashiva Rao and under the guidance of Molahalli Shivarao he embraced the challenge to bring about a change to the fishermen community through co-operative movement.