The Kerala State Planning Board is an advisory board under the Government of the State of Kerala, India. It was constituted in 1967 with Chief Minister as Chairman and a non-official as part-time Vice-Chairman. The board assists the state government in formulating a development plan based on a scientific assessment of the resources (material, capital and human) available to the state. A comprehensive economic review of the state is prepared by the board every year.

griculture Division deals with the Plan and Budget preparation of the Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife, Co-operation, Water Resources, Ground Water Development and Command Area Development Authority. The Division also reviews the performance of the concerned sectors for the preparation of ‘Economic Review’ published by the State Planning Board. The projects for external /NCDC assistance are vetted in the Division before they are trainings /workshops /seminars conducted in connection with decentralised planning. The staff of the Division effectively participate in the vetting of the projects submitted for the approval of the State Level Expert Committee

The Evaluation Division of the State Planning Board is functioning since 1969. The Division since its inception has undertaken Monitoring and Evaluation of two externally aided Projects: World Bank assisted Kerala Agricultural Development Project and EEC assisted Kerala Minor Irrigation Project. As part of the People’s Campaign for the Ninth Five Year Plan of the State, evaluation studies on development programmes carried out by local bodies were taken up by this Division.

It is under the supervision of IT Wing that the official website of State Planning Board is monitored and updated. The Wing also provides ‘Information Technology’ based solutions to all the technical divisions and also to the administration sections of the State Planning Board. It also provides assistance for the computerisation of Economic Review, Plan Budget and also for the project details of the local bodies having undertaken in the District Planning Offices.

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