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.
In order to bring about greater synergy and better coordination in implementing various schemes for Self Help Groups, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd was brought under the control of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department from July 2006. Further the Board of TNCDW was broad based and reconstituted vide G.O.Ms.No:148,Rural Development and Panchayat Raj(CGS-II) Department, dated 12.10.2006 to include representatives from industry, NGO sector, Banks and Specialists who can positively guide the Corporation with their valuable inputs.
The authorised share capital of the company is Rs.1 crore, with a subscribed and paid up share capital of Rs 78.42 Lakhs of this Rs.40 lakhs is held by the Government of Tamil Nadu and Rs.38.42 Lakhs by the Government of India.
A large part of the activities of the corporation are conducted through selected Non-Governmental Organisations and other Training Institutions. Funds are obtained from Government of Tamil Nadu through Budgetary allocations for specific projects and covered by sanctions through Government Orders. As the organisation operates for a developmental cause, the concept of organisational profitability is not relevant. No losses have been incurred since inception and there are accumulated reserves.
The head office in Chennai, also called the Project Management Unit (PMU), plays a key role at the state level in implementation of various projects.
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 Officers (APOs) in the functional areas of training, livelihood, monitoring, administration and other schemes,. There is a District Project Coordination Committee (DPCC) headed by the District Collector for coordinating between the different partners working on the project and for promoting convergence of services of the different departments.

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