Rebuild Kerala Initiative

Rebuild Kerala Initiative

The State of Kerala experienced devastating floods in the month of August 2018. The quantum of rainfall in the single month of August was of an unprecedented scale, which has been recorded only once before in the State during the floods of 1924. This unprecedented calamity necessitated the state to rethink about the developmental model and disaster readiness. The succeeding year of 2019 also experienced floods of a higher magnitude but lesser spread, in comparison with the floods of August 2018. The two successive floods caused widespread damage to the physical infrastructure of the State and also led to large scale loss of livelihood opportunities. Both public and private infrastructure suffered irreversible damage.

Without viewing it as an isolated case of natural calamity, the Government of Kerala (GoK) decided to seize the opportunity to transform the State’s infrastructure, rather than a temporary fix through the conventional method of recovery and reconstruction. From this thought process, emerged the inclusive and comprehensive roadmap for development of a green and resilient Kerala. To implement this ambitious development objective, the Government established the Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI) to “bring about a perceptible change in the lives and livelihoods of its citizens by adopting higher standards of infrastructure for recovery and reconstruction, and to build ecological and technical safeguards so that the restructured assets could better withstand floods in the future”.

Rebuild Kerala Development Programme

The government have approved the comprehensive guidelines for operational strategy and Institutional Framework of RKI vide G.O.(Rt) No. 16/2018/P&EA dated 09/11/2018.

The RKI is the dedicated State-level institution mandated with the responsibility of formulating and coordinating the implementation of a resilient Kerala. By establishing the RKI, the GoK has put in place a streamlined and transparent process of decision making for the comprehensive and sustainable rebuilding from the 2018 floods. With support from UN and World Bank Agencies, RKI has developed a holistic plan to rebuild Kerala through the Rebuild Kerala Development Programme (RKDP). The RKI mandate is to develop, coordinate, facilitate and monitor the RKDP through a participatory and inclusive process, with extensive consultation with all stakeholders.

RKI Institutional Framework

Core Principles of RKI

The following principles will be the basis of planning and implementing the various packages under RKI.

  1. Fast, Efficient, and Inclusive
  2. Improving Resilience
  3. Build-back-better philosophy
  4. Innovative and Modern Technologies
  5. Fair and Equitable Rehabilitation Practices
  6. Capacity building
  7. Building Asset Management Frameworks
  8. Simplification of processes and procedures


Advisory Council

Under the Council of Minister an Advisory Council is constituted with not exceeding 20 members under the chairmanship of Hon. Chief Minister. The Advisory Council members include, nominated Ministers of the State and Union Government, Hon. Leader of the Opposition, two Prominent persons from the field of Administration, one young entrepreneur, eminent persons from each of the field like, Engineering (specialized in any infrastructure area), Environment/Disaster Management, Social Work Business/Industry, Economics/Finance) etc.

Institutional Mechanism of RKI

The Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI) is a multi-sector, collaborative programme involving several government departments and agencies. Hence, appropriate institutional framework and decision-making structure are crucial for the success of RKI. Given the multi-disciplinary and often complex nature of the packages that must be bundled into RKI, it is essential that the stakeholders’ perspectives are brought into these institutional arrangements at all levels.

The scale of the disaster, planning required, implementation complexities, financial management and service delivery calls for a dedicated institutional framework. The outline of the proposed institutional framework decision-making structure is shown below.

High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC)

Sl. No.




Chief Secretary



Chairman (RKI Implementation Committee)



Additional Chief Secretary (Planning)



Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue)



Additional Chief Secretary (LSG)



Law Secretary



Principal Secretary (Finance)



Principal Secretary (PWD)



Principal Secretary (Agriculture)



Secretary (Water Resources)



Secretary to the Chief Minister Member



Shri K.M. Chandrasekhar, Former Cabinet Secretary



Shri TKA Nair, Former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister



Chief Executive Officer for RKI

Member Secretary

RKI Implementation Committee (RKI-IC)

SL No.




Dr. K. M. Abraham, Principal Chief Secretary to Chief Minister and Former Chief Secretary



Secretary to the Chief Minister



Chief Executive Officer of RKI


RKI Secretariat

The Rebuilding Kerala Initiative  have a Secretariat consisting of a team of  professionals and a team of officers. The CEO is the Administrative Head of the RKI Secretariat.  It is working as a section under Planning and Economic Affairs Department consisting of one Additional Secretary and a Section consisting of one Section Officer, three Assistants and Office Attendant which reports  directly to the Additional Chief Secretary & CEO, RKI and Deputy CEO, RKI.  The Program is being   implemented through the GoK’s existing institutional modalities and systems. At the apex level, RKI will serve as the Program Management Unit (PMU), responsible for management, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation of the Program. The RKI is supported by a Program Management Team (PMT) providing Program Management Support Services (PMSS).

Please refer to the GO.(P) No. 16/2018/P&EA dated 9/11/2018 for more details.

About the portal

This is the official website of Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI), Planning and Economic Affairs Department, Government of Kerala. The portal, as well as the contents, are owned and managed by Rebuild Kerala Initiative.

Hyperlink Policy

At many places in this website, you shall find links to other websites/portals. These links are provided for your convenience. Rebuild Kerala Initiative is not responsible for the contents and reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in them. Mere presence of the link or its listing on this website should not be assumed as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all the time and we have no control over availability of linked pages.

Privacy Policy

This website does not automatically capture any specific personal information from you (like name, phone number or e-mail address), that allows us to identify you individually. If you choose to provide us with your personal information, like names or addresses, when you visit our website, we use it only to fulfil your request for information. Information so collected is used to facilitate interaction.

We do collect some technical information when you visit to make your visit seamless. The section below explains how we handle and collect technical information when you visit our website.


Information collected and stored automatically

When you browse, read pages, or download information on this website, we automatically gather and store certain technical information about your visit. This information never identifies who you are. The information we collect and store about your visit is listed below:

  1. IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you’re surfing the web) from which you access our website.
  2. The type of browser (such as Firefox, Netscape, or Internet Explorer) and operating system (Windows, Unix) used to access our site
  3. The date and time you accessed our site
  4. The pages/URLs you have visited and
  5. If you reached this website from another website, the address of that referring website

This information is only used to help us make the site more useful for you. With this data, we learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We never track or record information about individuals and their visits.


When you visit some websites, they may download small pieces of software on your computer/browsing device known as cookies. Some cookies collect personal information to recognize your computer in the future. We only use non-persistent cookies or “per- session cookies”.

Per-session cookies serve technical purposes, like providing seamless navigation through this website. These cookies do not collect personal information on users, and they are deleted as soon as you leave our website.

The cookies do not permanently record data and they are not stored on your computer’s hard drive. The cookies are stored in memory and are only available during an active browser session. Again, once you close your browser, the cookie disappears.


If you send us personal information

We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you (for example, to respond to your questions). If you choose to provide us with personal information— like filling out Engaged with Us or Contact Us form, with name and e-mail address/contact number and submitting it to us through the website, we use that information to respond to your message, and to help get you the information you’ve requested. We only share the information given us with another government agency if the requested information/service relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by any Statutory/Regulatory requirements as applicable.

Our website never collects information or creates individual profiles for commercial marketing. While you MUST provide an e-mail address for a localized response to any incoming questions or comments to us, we recommend that you do NOT include any other personal information.

Site Security

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular deletion.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Indian IT Act (2000).


Disclaimer of Warranties and of Technical Support

Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI)’s web site is provided to you free of charge, and on an “AS IS” basis, without any technical support or warranty of any kind from Rebuild Kerala Initiative. Accordingly, Rebuild Kerala Initiative expressly disclaims, without limitation, all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. These limitations and exclusions of warranties and liability do not affect or prejudice the statutory rights of a consumer; that is, a person acquiring goods other than in the course of business.

Copyright Policy

The material on this site is subject to copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. Any other proposed use of the material is subject to the approval of the Rebuild Kerala Initiative. Application for obtaining permission should be made in writing to CEO, RKI.

Terms & Conditions

This is the website of Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI), Planning and Economic Affairs Department, Government of Kerala, maintained by Rebuild Kerala Initiative. All content (including but not limited to, text, graphics, links, scripts, images, audio, video, etc.) on this website is made available to visitors only for the lawful use and purposes as described below.

As a condition of using this site, you represent that you have the legal authority to accept these Terms of Use and agree to be bound by these Terms, including agreeing to be bound by, and abide, all applicable laws and regulations. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use this web site.

Though all efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the content on this website, the same should not be construed as a statement of law or used for any legal purposes. In case of any ambiguity or doubts, users are advised to verify/check with the Rebuild Kerala Initiative and/or other sources(s) and to obtain appropriate professional advice.

Under no circumstances Rebuild Kerala Initiative will be liable for any expense, loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any expense, loss or damage whatsoever arising from use, or loss of use, of data, arising out of or in connection with the use of this website.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Indian Laws. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of India.

Copyright policy

Hyperlinking policy

Skip to content