The Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj has selected Pathanamthitta as the best district panchayat in the State. A press release issued by the office of Panchayat Minister M.K. Muneer said the district panchayat would get Rs.40 lakh as prize money. Idukki, Cherpu, and Lalam were the best block panchayats. Among the grama panchayats, the prize winners were Pulamanthol, Adatt, and Chottanikkara.