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Mahalir Thittam

Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department:

Mahalir Thittam, Thoothukudi

(Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd.,)


            The Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of women (TNCDW) was established in1983 with the prime objective of bringing about socio-economic development and empowerment of women. The Corporation implements Mahalir Thittam, IFAD assisted Post Tsunami Sustainable Livelihoods Programme and also SGSY, a major anti-poverty programme meant for self employment of rural poor.

            For implementation of Mahalir Thittam, district offices were established over the last several years. The district level PIUs are headed by a Project Officer (PO) assisted by Assistant Project Ofiicers (APOs) in the functional areas of training, livelihood, monitoring, administration and other schemes,. There is a District Project Coordination Commitee(DPCC) headed by the District Collector for coordinating between the different part ners working on the project and for promoting convergence of services of the different departments.


            The SHG movement has grown from strength to strength over the years bringing about substantial social change among women in the District. It would be the endeavour of the Corporation to extend the benefits of the SHG approach to the uncovered areas of the state and uncovered sections of society. The immediate goal of Mahalir Thittam  is to ensure that all poor women particularly widows, destitute and marginalised are included in SHGs in the next three years.

            Mahalir Thittam has been very successful in bringing about social empowerment of women which has not fully translated into economic empowerment. The Mahalir Thittam will strive to promote more economic activities among SHG women by converging SGSY/NRLM implementation.   Strengthening the Federations of Self help groups is the key to achieving sustainability in the long run.


            Mahalir Thittam is a socio-economic empowerment programme for women implemented by Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd.  Mahalir Thittam is based on Self Help Group (SHG) approach and is implemented in partnership with Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community based organizations. The programme is implemented in partnership with NGOs and community based organisations which are affiliated with Mahalir Thittam after due process.

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