T. U. Kuruvilla

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Dr. T. U. Kuruvilla
State Co-ordinatorof Kerala Congress (M)
Constituency Kothamangalam
Personal details
Born (1936-09-13) 13 September 1936 (age 81)
Oonjapara, Kothamangalam
Political party Kerala Congress (M)
Spouse(s) Chinnamma Kuruvilla

T. U. Kuruvilla is a politician from Kerala, India. He was born at Oonjappara, Kothamangalam, Kerala, on 13 August 1936, to Uthuppu and Mariyam. He did his Diploma in Civil Engineering. He is a well known Agriculturist and Businessman. He got elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly consecutively in 2006 and 2011 from Kothamangalam constituency. Kuruvilla served as Public Works Minister in the government led by V. S. Achuthananthan for a short period.

He belongs to Kerala Congress (Mani), and represented Kothamangalam from 2006 to 2016 in legislative assembly of Kerala. Kuruvilla belongs to Syriac Orthodox Church and served as its Lay Secretary for quite a long time. He was decorated with Chevalier title & Mor Aphrem Medal, Commander Title and Bar E'tho Shariro Title, by His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Supreme head of Universal Syriac Orthodox Church for his contributions to Society and Church. Considering Chev. Kuruvilla's humanitarian activities and contributions to the Society, South Eastern University, London, conferred him an honorary doctorate (DLitt).

Political career[edit]

He was the president of Keerampara Panchayat in Eranakulam district, Kerala for fourteen years (1964-1978), President of Keerampara Service Co-Operative Society (1966-1970), Chairman of Block Development Committee, Kothamangalam (1970-1978), Chairman of Plantation Corporation of Kerala (1982-1987). He was also the chairman of the Kerala State Housing Board (KSHB) during 1996-2001. He defeated UDF candidate V. J. Paulose in 2006 assembly elections in Kothamangalam. He participated in 2016 kerala assembly election representing kothamangalam assembly constituency and defeated by opposition candidate Antony John of communist party.

At present, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Kerala Congress(M) Party and also a notable person both in the socio-political and the church circles.[1][2]

Minister[edit]

Kuruvila and Monce Joseph along with Raju George First Secretary and Ajithkumar Nair Protocol officer High Commission of India, London at Mansion House, London for attending India UK Infrastructure Meeting

He became minister for Public works in Kerala cabinet in November 2006 when P. J. Joseph stepped down following allegations that he had misbehaved with a woman co-passenger while on a flight journey.[3][4]

Positions Held[edit]

  • Minister, Public Works Department (PWD), Kerala State
  • President, Keerampara Panchayat in Eranakulam district, Kerala for fourteen years (1964-1978)
  • President, Keerampara Service Co-Operative Society (1966-1970)
  • Manager, St. Stephan's School, Keerampara (1968-1978)
  • Chairman, Block Development Committee, Kothamangalam (1970-1978)
  • Chairman, Plantation Corporation of Kerala (1982-1987)
  • Chairman, Kothamangalam Municipal Standing Committee (1991-1992)
  • Chairman & Executive Director, Kerala State Housing Board (KSHB) (1996-2001)
  • Lay Secretary, Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church (1993-1999)
  • Member, Ernakulam District Development Committee (1964-1982)
  • Member, Rubber Board (1983-1987)
  • Member, Angamali Diocesan Council of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church (From 1962)
  • State Treasurer and State Secretary of Kerala Congress (J) (1977-1989, 1989-1992)
  • Councillor, Kothamangalam Municipal Standing Committee (1988-1993)
  • Trustee, St. Stephen's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Bes-Aniya Church, Chelad (1963)
  • Convenor, Angamali Diocesan Trust (1989-1997)
  • Member of Legislative Assembly, Kothamangalam Constituency

Current Responsibilities[edit]

  • Vice Chairman, Kerala Congress (M)
  • Chairman, Manjanikkara Dayaro Committee (Since 2001)
  • Member, Malankara Jacobite Syrian Educational & Charitable Trust
  • Member, YMCA, Lion's Club, Y's Men Club
  • Member, Mar Athanasious College Association, Kothamangalam (Since 1972)
  • Member, Staff Selection Committee, Mar Athanasious College Association (Since 1976)
  • Member, Inter Church Council
  • Member, Nilakkal St. Thomas Church & Ecumenical Centre Trust
  • Member, All Kerala Educational Managers Council
  • Secretary, Baselios Paulose II Catholicos College, Piravom (Since 1995)
  • Secretary, Baselios Paulose II Catholicos College, Piramadom
  • Secretary, Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Training College, Malelcuriz (Since 1996)
  • Secretary, St. Gregorios Dental College, Chelad, Kothamangalam

Controversy[edit]

Kuruvilla resigned from the Kerala cabinet on 2 September 2007, after an initial investigation report by the district Collector of Idukki "found misappropriations in the land dealings in which Minister Kuruvilla and his family is involved".[5] According to a Kuwait-based NRI businessman K.G. Abraham, the minister’s son and two daughters had signed a contract with him to purchase 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land in Munnar. In this purpose, they accepted Rs. 67 million from him. However, the deal could not be transacted because the land in question allegedly did not belong to the family, and Kuruvilla refused to return the money.[6] Subsequently, party leader P J Joseph, promised to return the money to Abraham .[7] Kuruvilla had to resign and Monce Joseph from the KC(J) became the new PWD minister.

However, since there was no credible inquiry, Joseph later claimed that neither the report of the district collector nor that of the chief secretary accused Kuruvilla of any malpractices. He further said that there was a conspiracy against the party and Kuruvilla to taint them.[8]

On 15 May 2008, Kerala police informed a lower court that the case of forgery against him was a "mistake of fact" and they could not find any substantive evidences.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keralaministers.com. "Chevalier T. U. Kuruvilla". Keralaministers.com. 
  2. ^ K. A. Martin (22 April 2006). "Kothamangalam keeps both fronts guessing". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 
  3. ^ correspondents in Kerala. "LDF panel sets deadline for Kerala Congress(J)". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Special correspondent. "Joseph steps down; Kuruvilla named new Kerala Congress(J) Minister". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 September 2006. 
  5. ^ http://www.keralaonline.com/news/news.php?id=379 23 August
  6. ^ Ramesh Babu. "Minister quits over Munnar land scam". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "KC (J) approves Kuruvilla's resignation". Keralaonline.com. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007. 
  8. ^ Staff Reporter (3 September 2007). "Kuruvilla stepping down". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 3 September 2007. 
  9. ^ UNI. "Case against former minister 'mistake of fact'". Indlawnews. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2008.