It is delighted to congratulate the Padma Shri Awardee Cheruvayal K Raman, popularly known as
the 'Guardian of Native Paddy' (Nellachan), who has managed to save 55 native varieties of rice
varieties in Wayanad. The Tribal Heritage Project team of RGCB under the 'SHRI' program, Department
of Science and Technology, GoI, is frequently interacting with him and he shared the seeds of
traditional paddy varieties, knowledge on planting techniques, rituals associated with rice cultivation,
etc., and supported us for establishing Field Gene Bank for traditional paddy. The Project Team is
extremely grateful to him and on this occasion, the Nation honored him with Padma Shri Award for his
esteemed endeavors, the Tribal Heritage Project Team commended and felicitated the 'Nellachan'’'.