Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sangham

Vanika Vaisya Bhavan, Valiyasala, Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram – 695036.
Phone & Fax: 0471 2476227
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Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sanghom  (KVVS)  is the sole organization  of  Vanika Vaisya (Hindu) Com­munity in the State of  Kerala under Indian Union. It represents around 15 lakhs of people of this Community and functions in the entire State of Kerala. The Sangham (KVVS) came into existence in the year 1942. This is a registered organisation under Non Trading Companies Act of Travancore and  has a definite Bye-Law. The Head Quarters of the Sangham  is situated in Thiruvanathapuram, the Capital City of the State in its own land & building and has a total of 203 Branches (Sakhas) across the State. This is a Charitable Organisation and under it, there functions Subsidiary Organisations viz. Vanika Vaisya Educational and Employment Trust (VVE&E Trust), Devaswom Samithi, Kerala Vanika Vaisya Youth Federation (KVVYF), Kerala Vanika Vaisya Mahila Federation (KVVMF), Sneha Samaj Kerala, Balasalabham, Pravasi Sangham and Vaniyar Relief Fund

Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sangham is the organiser of Most Backward Communities Federation (MBCF) the federation of 71 most backward communities in the State (its founder Chairman is our President and General Secretary is the General Secretary of KVVS), and leader of  Samvarana Samudaya Munnani which stands for protecting the rights of Backward Communities.

Administrative setup


General Body

The decision making authority of the Sangham is the State General Body, which is constituted by the District Presidents and Secretaries, Branch (Sakha) Presidents and Secretaries, delegates elected from each Branch Unit and one delegate to represent 25 members of the community and delegates from all the Subsidiary Organisations.

All the elected bodies of the Sanghom can holds office for a period of 3 years. Once in every three years the organisation holds a State Convention for two or 3 days during which time it makes a through examination of its past activities and declares policies, projects and new schemes for the next three years. It is in the General Body, the State Committee and Office bearers of the Sangham are elected. In addition to policy making and dispute settling the General Body also directs and guides the State Committee.

State Council

The Policy formulation and approval of implementation is vested with the State Council. It consists of Office Bearers of State Committee, elected State Council members three each from all the 14 Districts, President and Secretary of all the 14 District Committees and President and General Secretaries of all the Subsidiary Organisations viz. Kerala Vanika Vaisya Mahila Federation, Kerala Vanika Vaisya Youth Federation, Sneha Samaj Kerala and 3 Sangham Advisory Board Members.

State Committee

The Administrative Authority of the Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sangham is the State Committee, which consists of the Office bearers of the Sangham ie. President, 3 Vice Presidents, General Secretary, Treasurer, Organising Secretary, Devaswom Secretary, 5 Regional Secretaries, elected members one each from all the 14 Districts, President and Secretary of all the 14 District Committees, President and General Secretaries of all the Subsidiary Organisations viz. Kerala Vanika Vaisya Mahila Federation, Kerala Vanika Vaisya Youth Federation, Sneha Samaj Kerala,VVE & E Trust and 3 Sangham Advisory Board Members. The State Committee implements and governs the policies and programmes decided by the State General Body with the approval of State Council. All the administration regarding the Sangham, its District Units, Sakhas and the supervision & control of all the subsidiary organizations and Institutions under the Sangham are managed by the State Committee.

District Committees

All the Branches (Sakhas) in the particular District are supervised and controlled by the concerned District Committee of the Sangham. The District President and Secretary of all the District Committees of the Subsidiary Organisations are members in the Sangham District Committee. Also the District President and Secretary of the Sangham District Committees are the ex-officio members in the District Committe of the Subsidiary Organisations.

The District Committee consists of a President, 2 Vice Presidents, Secretary, 2 Joint Secretaries, Treasurer (District office bearers), a State Committee Member, three State Council Members, all the Branch Presidents and Secretaries, delegates to District Committee one each elected from all the Branches and District Presidents and Secretaries of all the subsidiary organizations in the District.

Branches (Sakhas)

The root level administrative organization unit of the Sangham is Sakhas (Branches). Each Branch in the State has a well defined area of charge. The need and welfare of the Vanika Vaisya Community members and their families in the respective area are looked after by the Sakhas. The Branch Committee consists of President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer, and a maximum of 10 committee members. The Branches have to elect one District Executive Committee Member and Delegates to the District/State General Bodies and one delegate for every 25 members of the Sakha. In the Sakhas there also functions the Branch Units of the Subsidiary Organisations viz. Mahila Federation, Youth Federation,Balasalabham etc.

Many of the Branches of the Sangham has their own office buildings, some units have purchased plots for constructing their own building. The Triandrum City Branch has a two storied spacious building with Kalyanamandapam in the heart of the city, very close to the famous Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple.

Subsidiary Organisations

For the smooth and efficient administrative convenience, the various functions of the Sangham have been entrusted to subsidiary organizations with definite By-Laws & specific duties & responsibilities. Following are these subsidiary organizations owned by the Sangham.

  • Vanika Vaisya Educational and Employment Trust (VVE&E Trust)
  • Vanika Vaisya Devaswom Samithi
  • Kerala Vanika Vaisya Youth Federation (KVVYF)
  • Kerala Vanika Vaisya Mahila Federation (KVVMF)
  • Sneha Samaj, Kerala
  • Vaniyar Relief Fund
  • Balasalabham
  • Pravasi Sangham


About Vanika Vaisya Community in Kerala

Vanika Vaisya Community in Kerala is one of the Backward Communities eligible for reservation in Public Service. Since 3 % Res­ervation is only available now, grouped together for 63 communities the percentage of reserva­tion community is quite meagre. The economic con­ditions of the majority are also very poor, about 40 to 45% of them live below poverty line. Systematic community efforts are required to raise the standard of living of the people. Though the State Govt, often bring forward several developmental projects and programmes, as part of its decentralization efforts, quite often such ben­efits do not reach our people for want of either influence or political backing. Lack of information often devoid the people of their due share. It is here that the Sangham is trying to help our people.

History of Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sangham

The History of the Sangham begins with the formation of Travancore Vanika Vaisya Sangham. When formed the Thiru-Kochi State by transforming Travancore and Kochi, the name of Sangham is changed as Thiru-Kochi Vanika Vaisya Sangham. There after when the State of Kerala formed by merging Travancore, Kochi and Malabar, the name of Sangham again changed as the Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sanghom (KVVS), the present Organisation.
When the State of Kerala formed, the erstwhile parts of Travancore viz. Kanyakumari, Nagercovil, Thenkasi, Kottar form part of Tamil Nadu State. Accordingly the Branches of the Sangham situated in Kanyakumari, Nagercovil, Thenkasi and Kottar were merged with the Vanika Vaisya Sangham in Tamil Nadu.

Founders of  Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sangham

The founders of this organisation were the following  persons; whose services remember with gratitude:

  1. R. M. Bhagavathi Perumal Chettiar, Kottar
  2. R. S. A Ramakrishnan Chettiar,Thiruvanathapuram
  3. RMS V Rama Subbu Chettiar, B. A, Kottar
  4. P. Ramaswamy Chettiar, Thiruvanathapuram.
  5. M. L.  Sadasivan, B.A, B.L, Thiruvanathapuram
  6. S. S. Chettiar, Paravur.
  7. S .Kuppuswami Chettair, Thiruvanathapuram
  8. S. Gopalaswami Chettiar
  9. A. Pukazhum Perumal Chettiar, Nagarcoil
  10. C. ArumughomChettiar, B.A Karamana
  11. A. Kulasekhara Perumal Chefttiar, Kottar
  12. K. Arumughom Chettiar, Varkala.
  13. K. Janardhanan Chettiar, B.A, Pettah
  14. A. Subramonian Chettair, Pettah
  15. K. Swami Chettiar, Karamana
  16. S. Kumaravelu Chettiar