Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry was born to Smt. Jainamma and Sri Francis on 30 September, 1955. She is a post graduate in Malayalam and has completed LLB course. She is married to Sri B. Thulaseedhara Kurup, the President, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Kollam district.
Smt. Mercykutty Amma occupied her seat after a long journey in left wing politics beginning as a student activist. She entered politics as an activist of Students Federation of India (SFI) during 1974. She was SFI office bearer at Fatima Matha National College, Kollam and Sree Narayana College, Kollam. She served as SFI State Vice President and All India Vice President up to 1985.
She held various positions in CITU and in Communist Party of India (Marxist). Smt. Mercykutty Amma was the District Committee President of Matsyathozhilali (Fishermen) Federation, Kollam upto 2012 and was the State Vice President during 1987 to 2005. She was also the District treasurer of Coir Workers Union, Kollam upto 1989 and the President of Khadi Workers Federation. She was also the Chairperson of Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd. (Matsyafed).
Now, Member, State Committee CPI (M); All India Vice President and State Secretary, CITU; Vice President, Kerala Cashew Workers Centre.
She was first elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1987 (26th March, 1987 – 17th June, 1991). She was again elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1996 (20th May, 1996 – 13th May, 2001). Smt. Mercykutty Amma was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly third time in 2016 and became Minister in charge of the portfolios of Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry.