are 42 fishermen villages and the total number of
households engaged in fishing is about 40,000.
activities and welfare programmes are implemented
by the Department of Fisheries, Matsyafed, Fish Farmers
Development Agency (FFDA), and Brackish Water Fish
Farmers Development Agency (BWFFDA).
inland catch is significant in the district. The newly
launched people oriented fish farming scheme aims
at fish cultivation in 205 hectares of public ponds.
All the 78 panchayats in the district are readied
to adopt the scheme under the guidance of local bodies.
coastal fisheries belt is divided into 42 fisheries
villages and most of such villages have fishermen
welfare societies formed under the Kerala Fisheries
Welfare Society Act of 1980.
PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
is a wide network of public distribution units in
the district, comprising of 1862 retail ration depots
and 32 wholesale shops. The number of ration cards
issued in the district is 759386.
Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation has opened
Maveli Stores through which all essential commodities
are being sold at reasonable prices. The super market
in Thiruvananthapuram city sells almost all kinds
of commodities ranging from groceries to wristwatches.
At present there are 79 Maveli Stores, 2 Super Markets,
39 kerosene depots, 13 Labham markets, 2 mobile
Maveli stores, 5 Maveli medical stores and 4 petrol
bunks in the district, besides Co-operative Maveli
stores and LPG outlets.
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES
of the Central Government offices in the State are
located in Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from the AG’s
Office, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), National Bank
for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Customs
and Central Excise, Income Tax, Chief General Manager
Telecom (BSNL), Chief Post Master General, Passport
Office etc, the Government of India public sector
undertakings like the Hindustan Latex and Sri Chitra
Thirunal Institute of Science and Technology are also
located in the district. A Central Government Office
complex has been constructed at Poonkulam, 15 kms
from the city, to accommodate the scattered central
government offices in private buildings like the DAVP.,
Films Division, Directorate of Sample Survey, Enforcement
Indian Space Programme came into being on 21st
November 1963 with the launching of a sounding rocket
from Thumba in Thiruvananthapuram district. This Thumba
Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) ultimately
blossomed into various centres of the Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO). Vikram Sarabhai Space
Centre (VSSC) is the prime centre engaged in design
and development of launch vehicles.
ISRO under the Department of Space, Government of
India has the VSSC at Thumba and Liquid Propulsion
Systems Centre (LPSC) at Valiyamala Nedumangadu in
Thiruvananthapuram district. The Inertial System Unit
(ISU) of the ISRO and the Reinforced Plastic Centre
(REPLACE) function from Vattiyoorkavu in the district.