Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW)

TNCDW with support of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) implemented Women Development Project by mobilising women involved in agricultural activities into Self Help Groups (SHGs). Under this scheme, women were formed into SHGs, provided with systematic training, networked through federations and provided bank linkages for taking up income generation activities for their socio-economic empowerment.

Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW) was established in 1983 by the Government of Tamil Nadu with the objective of social and economic empowerment of women through education, employment, economic development and self-reliance. TNCDW spearheads the SHG movement in Tamil Nadu and dedicates itself for the empowerment of women by facilitating the SHGs through capacity building, creation and strengthening of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and in facilitating financial linkages and enterprise promotion through various poverty alleviation programmes.

TNCDW is implementing the following two important schemes,

i.Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission(TNSRLM):
A Scheme for poverty reduction and livelihoods promotion in rural areas implemented by Central and State with the funding pattern of 60:40 ratio.
ii.Tamilnadu Urban Livelihoods Mission (TNULM):
It is a scheme for the uplift of urban poor implemented by the Central and State with the funding pattern of 60:40 ratio.

i. Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission (TNSRLM)

        Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission is implemented by the Government of Tamil Nadu from the year 2012-13. The objectives of TNSRLM are to build strong and vibrant institutional platforms of the poor in the rural areas which enable them to increase their household incomes through livelihood enhancements and access to financial and other services. Under this scheme the target group comprises of poor and vulnerable sections of the community. The target people are organized into active Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities. The Mission activities are funded by Government of India and the State Government in the ratio of 60:40.

Salient features of TNSRLM 

  • Focus is on the very poor, poor, vulnerable and differently abled unlike other schemes.
  • Identification and mobilization of the left out poor into the SHG network.
  • Establishing and strengthening community organisations of the rural poor.
  • Social empowerment of the rural poor through capacity building.
  • Improving the quality of the SHG products and facilitating marketing.
  • Providing financial assistance to SHGs for lending to their members for taking up economic activities.
  • Employment linked skill training for rural youth.
  • Convergence with the Government departments to leverage their financial and non-financial services and utilizing them in an effective manner.
  • Enabling the rural poor to access basic facilities and to train them in conserving their environment and sanitation.


ii.Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana -National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM)

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) a scheme funded by both the Central and the State Governments in the ratio of 60:40. It aims at reducing poverty and vulnerability of the urban poor households by enabling them to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities.

The mission would aim at providing shelter equipped with essential services to the urban homeless in a phased manner. In addition, the Mission would also address livelihood concerns of the urban street vendors by facilitating access to suitable spaces, institutional credit, social security and skills to the urban street vendors for accessing emerging market opportunities.

  1. Social Mobilization & Institution Development (SMID)
  2. Self-Employment Programme (SEP)
  3. Employment through Skill Training & Placement (ESTP)
  4. Capacity Building & Training (CBT)
  5. Support to Urban Street Vendors (SUSV)


Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)

Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission envisions to transforms the State into a skilled state by 2023 through skilling the rural poor youth. The Skill training programme has been in implementation as Aajeevika Skill Training Programme during the years 2012–14 and subsequently as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) from the year 2014–15 onwards. The programme is an important intervention under TNSRLM which aims at poverty alleviation for rural households.

The programme is funded by the Centre and State Government in the ratio of 60:40. The State implements the programme by partnering with both Public and Private Institutions which have obtained Permanent Registration Number (PRN) from MoRD, GoI

Distinctive features of DDU-GKY:

  1. Placement linked and Market led programme.
  2. Placing 70% of trained candidates is mandatory.
  3. Course duration varies from 3 to 12 months according to the job role and skill requirement in the job market.
  4. Residential trainings are provided.
  5. Rural youth from poor households in the age group of 18 to 35 years are the eligible beneficiaries (upper age limit is 45 years in case of women, Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups, Widows)
  6. Social inclusion through mandatory coverage of socially disadvantaged groups (SC/ST – 50%, Minorities – 15%, Differently abled persons – 3% and Women (combining all categories) – 33 %).
  7. Facilitation by the field level functionaries (CP-Jobs, CF-Skills) for mobilizing the candidates and community based monitoring.
  8. Counselling for Parents during mobilisation.
  9. Training modules include domain curriculum and also non-domain areas such as spoken English, basics in computer, soft skills and On-the-Job Training (OJT).
  10. Candidates on completion of training and assessment are awarded with certificates issued by the Government agencies namely National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and Sector Skill Councils (SSC).
  11. After completion the training will be ensured for the trained candidates on placement.
  1. The scheme is inbuilt with Post-placement Support, Career progression and facilitate through Migration support Centre across the state.
  2. The scheme facilitates both domestic and foreign placements.
  3. One year monitoring and facilitation after placement.




Contact Officers:


The Project Director,

Mahalir Thitttam/TNSRLM,

Old DRDA Building, Collectorate Campus,

Kancheepuram – 631 502

Office Phone No:  044-27236348

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