To ensure Gender equality by empowering women by providing them with skill and knowledge  and enable them to become Independent.  Women empowerment can be achieved only by way of economic independence.  Only if a women’s economic  needs are fulfilled, she can  claim  herself to be empowered.  Keeping this in mind the Directorate of Social Welfare is implementing Socio- economic development schemes are through Women Industrial Co-operative Societies.  The concept of co-operation by way of collective action indeed help the women members of  these co-operative societies to improve their socio economic status.  These Industrial Co-operative societies are exclusively for women who from the disadvantageous action in the Society.   Women below poverty line cab become the members of these societies and they are provided with employment opportunities which gain them decent income.

            There are 98 Women Industrial Co-Operative Societies functioning  under the control of Directorate of Social Welfare.  Out of these 80 Women Tailoring Industrial Co-Operative Societies are engaged in the stitching and supplying of Uniforms to the School Children who are benefitted under Purachi   Thalaivar  M.G.R.Nutritious Meal  Programme and to the School children of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare  / Backward class,  Most Backward Class and Minority  Welfare Departments. 

            25 Women Weaning Food  manufacturing societies  are functioning  under the control of  Mission Director of Integrated Child Development Services Scheme.  Other Societies are engaged in Manufacturing products like Register, Records. chalks and coir products.




            Details of Co-Operative Societies and members enrolled there in are as follows:


Type of Society

No.of Co-Operative Societies

No.of members


Women Tailoring Industrial Co-Operative Societies




Women Stationery  Industrial Co-Operative Societies




Weaning food  Manufacturing  Women Industrial Co-Operative Societies




Women Development  Industrial Co-Operative Societies.  (Also engaged in Tailoring)








            The Government have issued orders to provide 4 sets of Uniform during the Academic  year 2012-13.  In 2015-16 covering 45.47Lakh children are benefitted.  In 2011-12 two sets of uniform provided.  This Income will be increased by 4 times by the stitching and supply of 4 sets during the Academic  year 2012-13.  The increased member of Uniform sets and enhanced rate of stitching charges have ensured additional Income in the family and the economic status have proved.

Colours of the uniform provided under the free supply of uniform:

Variety of Uniform

Colour of Uniform

Boys – Half pant & Full pant


Boys – Shirt

Light Brown

Girls – Skirt, Salwar  Bottom and Tops


Girls – Blouse and Salwar Duppatta

Light Brown

Special Uniforms provided to the children in Hilly areas like Nilgiris:

            From the year 2014-15, for boys Fullpant with Full sleeved shirt and for girls Fullhand Salwar kameez with Overcoat and Dupatta are being provided to the students studying from 1st standard to 8th standard benefitted under PTMGR Nutritious Meal Programme in the Hilly area schools in 16 districts including Nilgiris. 


            To meet with the required stitching capacity to stitch 4 sets of Uniform it has  arranged to increase the number of Associate Members in the Societies.  Special Training Programme have been conducted  to the women members to train them in the stitching of Salwar  Kameez  and Full pants. 

To provide skill training to women 13 Tailoring Training Centers are functioning in the State  across  11 Districts.  Among these Tailoring Centers  2 centers in Salem and Thiruvannamalai  are providing training exclusively in Tribal Women.  35 Tribal Women are trained in these centers every year. 

There are 15 Women stationery Industrial Co-operative Societies.  Registers indented by the Government  Departments.  Government Industrial wings and other agencies are printed and supplied by women members of these societies.

Advance type  of Sewing Machines  has been provided to 15500 members.  3311 members were provided 30% subsidy and 70% loan through TAHDCO .   12189 members were provided  with 10% Government subsidy.  

Selection of Best Society at District level and State level :

TamilNadu Co-operative Union is being presented a trophy every year for the best society at State level as well as District level.    

Gopichettipalayam Women Tailoring Society have received the State level best society award for the year 2016-17.

Pudhukkottai Women Tailoring Society has received award for District  level  best  society among other department societies in the district for the year 2016-17.