Mahila Sakthi Kendra-MSK
Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK)
The Mahila Shakti Kendra is a Scheme which is meant to provide One Stop Convergent Services for Empowering Rural Women with opportunities with Silk Development, Employment, Digital Literary, Health and Nutrition. Scheme will provide an interface for rural women to approach the government for availing their entitlements and for empowering them through awareness generation, training and capacity building. The new scheme MSK is envisaged to work at various levels.
Implementation Structure of MSK
While, State level (State Resource Centre for Women) structures will provide technical support to the respective governments on issues related to women the District level Centres will provide support to MSK and also give a foothold to women empowerment schemes including BBBP in 13 Districts. Poorna Shakti Kendra (PSK) which was implemented in Salem District at the District and Block Levels has now been merged with the newly introduced scheme named Mahila Shakti Kendra and extended to 13 District Level Centres for Women. (Cuddalore, Salem, Ariyalur, Dharmapuri, Namakkal, Perambalur, Villupuram, Tiruvannanmalai, Thiruvallur, Tiruchirappalli, Chennai, Virudhunagar, and Ramanathapuram) for the year 2018-2019. District Level Centre for Women (DLCW) has been envisaged to implement, monitor, evaluate and collate information on government programmes, schemes and services meant for empowerment of women and serve as a link between village/block and state level. MSK at the Block Level will promote community participation through involvement of student volunteers for empowerment of rural women. The student volunteers will play an essential role in awareness generation regarding various government schemes as well as social issues and will cater to training and capacity building for women. For the year 2018-2019, 8 blocks each have been selected in two backward districts namely Virudhunagar, and Ramanathapuram.
Monitoring Mechanisms under MSK
A State Level Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Principal Secretary and a District Level Task force under the Chairmanship of the District Collector will be setup to monitor the program, at the Block Level the Block Level Committees will monitor and guide the activities of the student volunteers. MSK will be implemented with a cost sharing pattern of 60:40 between Central and State Governments. For MSK implementation in Tamil Nadu for the FY 2018-2019.