Dreams about Ernakulam

Let us develop a plan to make Ernakulam a global destination.

Hi, I am Alphons Kannanthanam
You have so many dreams and plans for Ernakulam.
With my 40 years of public service as an IAS officer, MLA and a Union Minister, I will be able to help you realise many of your dreams.

Please share three of your ideas for Ernakulams development by clicking this link.

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Alphons Kannanthanam
Your Candidate for Ernakulam

Major Life Achievements

  • IN THE LIST OF 100 YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS OF TIME MAGAZINE
  • From 42% in 10th BoardExam to one of the toppers of the IAS exam in 1979.
  • Won the best Collector award thrice.
  • As District Collector:
    • Kottayam become the 1st 100% literate town in India.
    • Built a cancer Hospital at Kottayam Medical College with contribution from 82 lakh people.
    • Started Mass Contact programme (janangalilekku) in Kottayam which eventually won the award for Best Practices from UN.
  • As Commissioner DDA, demolished 14310 illegal mansions belonging to mafia. His wife Sheela was beaten up by the mafia - is alive miraculously.
  • Worked full time for a year (1999-2000) with Jana Shakthi in Nangal Machi Slum Delhi with Sheela, who ran a hospital, toilet complex, school and a tailoring centre for 6 years(1994-2000).
  • As Commissioner for Entrrance Examinations, declared the result on the 7th day.
  • As Secretary, Higher Education was instrumental in setting up private professional colleges in Kerala created lakhs of seats and jobs.
  • Won Best MLA Award.
  • India is ranked No.3 in Wold Travel and Tourism Council Report 2018 under my stewardship.
  • Sanctioned 85 crores for 133 Temples, Churches and Mosques for development of basic infrastructure under Swadesh Darsan Scheme (5 in Ernakulam).

Headlines About Alphons in Media

Making a Difference

This book is about dreamers. About people who have the courage of conviction to dream a lot. About people who have the will to work for those dreams.

This book is an attempt to make India dream. Dream crazily. Make those dreams come true. I know it is possible. It is not a mere dream. People have done it.

Some may see this book as India bashing. It is not. Despite everything ,I believe that we can be on top of the world in five years if we put our act together, if we have a leadership that can lead the nation to dream and act. If we do not act now there will be very little of the nation left.

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Power to bring Happiness

“ Alphons believes that ultimately there is only one purpose in life: HAPPINESS. It is his strong belief that we should leave the world happier than we arrived. Lots of people believe in happiness, but mostly for themselves. Alphons believes that we got only one life and our destinies are deeply interwoven. There can be no islands of happiness. He refused to be MLA from Kanjirappally a second time, even though he would have been a Minister this time. His argument was simple: “When half of India is starving and when half the children in India do not go to school, I have no business to be an MLA from the richest constituency”. He said he wants to work on three things: food on every table, every child to school and a job for everybody. He says he got into IAS because it was the most powerful service in the world. For him power means the ability to create happiness for the persons who come in contact with him, not the ability to bully anyone into indignity. He got into politics because it gives him the power to bring a smile on human face. "

"Making a Difference"-written by Alphons Kannanthanam